Friant construction finishes ahead of schedule

FRESNO, Calif.

The southbound lanes of Friant Road, from Shepherd to Highway 41, have been closed for about a month. Detours have been in place making people's commute longer.

The construction was supposed to last for another six weeks, but all lanes are now slated to re-open at 2 p.m. Friday afternoon. The $1.3-million resurfacing project was funded by federal stimulus dollars.

Fresno city officials say the lanes re-opening will be a major relief for drivers.

"For people who travel this road every day, it's great that they can start the workweek knowing they can take this road on the commute," said Mike Lukens with the City of Fresno.

Minor construction activity will continue in the area, but all southbound lanes will be open with temporary striping.

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