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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Major changes are on the way to Union Cross Road in Forsyth County.

Crews have already completed 36 percent of the work on the NCDOT's Union Cross Widening Project, but some drivers say they're already sick of it.

"I drive it every day, but sometimes I can't get through, so I have to go the back way to get to Kernersville," said Bruce Anderson.

The project will widen about four miles of Union Cross Road to four lanes. It will also include one of the first "diverging diamond" interchanges in the state.

"If it was more commercial out here, I could see then it would be great," said Anderson.

Traffic may not be an issue in the area now, but transportation officials say the project got a green light because of the commercial and residential growth coming to the area.

"This is one of the few projects where we're actually able to get ahead of some of the development out there. So when all of it comes in the next 4-5 years, our project will be out there and we'll be ready to go," said Patrick Ivey, NCDOT Division Engineer.

While the "diverging diamond" may look complicated, Ivey says it will make driving in the area a lot easier.

"You know, when we get through with this project, it's just going to be amazing the difference people are going to see. It will be well-worth the wait," said Ivey.

The project is expected to be complete by November 2015.