BRAD: A PLAN TO CHANGE BERCKMAN’S ROAD HAS DRIVERS FRUSTRATED FOR NOW, BUT HOPEFUL FOR THE FUTURE. NEWSCHANNEL SIX’S ASHLEY OSBORNE WITH THIS CONSTRUCTION UPDATE. ASHLEY OSBORNE: IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYTIME YOU DRIVE BY THE CONSTRUCTION HERE AT BERKMANS IS GETTING BIGGER AND BIGGER. A LOT OF YOU WONDERING, WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHEN IS IT GOING TO BE FINISHED? WE GOT YOU THOSE ANSWERS. RIGHT HERE IS THE NEW BRIDGE OVER RAES CREEK, THE FRAMEWORK FOR IT. THEY ARE GOING TO FINISH THIS LEFT SIDE AND THEN MOVE OVER AND DO THE SAME THING ON THE RIGHT. MIKE WILLIAMS/ DRIVES BERCKMAN’S REGULARLY: UGH! HORRIBLE! ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: MANY DRIVERS SHARE MIKE WILLIAMS’ FEELINGS ABOUT THE BERCKMAN’S CONSTRUCTION. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO DRIVERS WHO HAVE TO COME THIS WAY? MIKE WILLIAMS/ DRIVES BERCKMAN’S REGULARLY: FIND ANOTHER ROUTE. GLEN CANNON / DRIVES BERCKMAN’S REGULARLY: I DRIVE IT VERY OFTEN. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: OTHERS LIKE GLEN CANNON, ARE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THE PROGRESS. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION? GLEN CANNON / DRIVES BERCKMAN’S REGULARLY: I THINK THEY’RE DOING A GOOD JOB MANAGING IT. IT’S CERTAINLY GOING TO BE NICE WHEN IT’S DONE. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: THE GOAL IS TO HAVE THE NEW BRIDGE OVER RAES CREEK FINISHED BY– YOU GUESSED IT– MARCH 2020. JUST IN TIME FOR THE MASTERS. CONSTURCTION WILL TAKE A BRIEF PAUSE DURING THAT TIME, THEN PICK BACK UP AGAIN ONCE THE MASTERS IS FINISHED. FOR THE NEXT PHASE, CREWS WILL PUT A ROUNDABOUT AT THE INTERSECTION OF BERCKMAN’S AND INGLESIDE. GLEN CANNON / DRIVES BERCKMAN’S REGULARLY: OH WOW THAT WOULD BE GREAT. ANYTHING WHERE YOU CAN ELIMINATE A 4 WAY STOP OR A TRAFFIC LIGHT IS KEY. NO DOUBT. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: THEY WILL ALSO WIDEN BERKMANS TO INCLUDE A CENTER TURN LANE LIKE YOU SEE HERE ALL THE WAY TO WHEELER ROAD. WILLIAMS LOOKS FORWARD TO THE FINAL PRODUCT. MIKE WILLIAMS/ DRIVES BERCKMAN’S REGULARLY: I’M HOPING, I’M HOPING TRAFFIC WILL GO A LITTLE BIT FASTER, A LITTLE BIT SMOOTHER. EVERYBODY WILL GET WHERE THEY NEED TO GO. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: AND IN THE MEANTIME… WHILE CONSTRUCTION IS STILL GOING ON… ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: WHAT’S YOUR ADVICE TO OTHER DRIVERS TO STAY AS CALM AS YOU? GLEN CANNON / DRIVES BERCKMAN’S REGULARLY: JUST PLAN AHEAD. JUST PLAN YOUR COMMUTE AND DON’T BE IN A RUSH BECAUSE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE TRAFFIC AND YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE CONSTRUCTION. ASHLEY OSBORNE/ REPORTER: NOT TOO FAR FROM HERE THERE’S A NEW ROUNDABOUT AT WHEELER AND AUMOND. TRAFFIC AND ENGENIEERING TELLS ME THEY’VE HAD NO ACCIDENTS AT THAT INTERSECTION SINCE THE NEW ROUNDABOUT WENT IN AND USUALLY THEY HAVE A FEW EACH YEAR. IT’S ALSO IMPROVED TRAFFIC FLOW THERE. THEY EXPECT THIS PROJECT TO DO SOMETHING SIMILAR AT BERCKMAN’S AND INGLESIDE WHEN IT’S ALL FINISHED. IN AUGUSTA, ASHLEY OSBORNE, WJBF NEWSCHANNEL SIX. JENNIE:

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