GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA-TV) – Drivers can expect backups and even brief road closures on woodruff road this weekend.

SCDOT crews are replacing railroad beams near the I-385 exchange. It is part of the ongoing 385/85 Gateway Project that is expected to be complete in 2019.

Prep work already started Friday to keep road closures and delays as brief as possible, but your best bet may be to avoid this area all together.

“Remain patient. Understand we have to get this done to create improvement of the roadway,” said Project Engineer, Jack Valetti.

Valetti knows the stigma of Woodruff Road traffic and they aren’t too thrilled to make it worse this weekend, but said improvement comes with some sacrifice.

“We are working through these issues. A lot of the work on this project is being done at night. That’ll be true of Woodruff road in many cases, but weekends are one opportunity where we can get out and go in to daytime hours,” said Valetti.

The replacement beams are making way to add an extra lane onto Woodruff Road in 2018.

“Expect to have one lane in each direction, both on Saturday and on Sunday,” said Valetti.

Lane closures extend from 7 am to 7 pm each day. At times, the road will be closed in 15 minute segments. This allows for trailers to pull the heavy beams across the road.

“If you are able to find an alternative route, it may be the best way to get where you are going,” said Valetti.

Alternate routes include using Verdae and Laurens Road, as well as the new Market Point Connector. If you do have to drive this area this weekend, they ask you to use caution to keep you and the workers safe from harm.