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STOCKTON - Freeway travel just north of downtown Stockton is more adventurous than it should be after lane shifts were added to both north and south sides of Interstate 5.

The shifts were necessary to create room on the far sides of the freeway for construction crews, but indistinct marking of the new lanes often leads to last-second swerving by drivers unclear on where the lanes are.

"Out here it's confusion, with people cutting you off," said Reggie San Pablo who drives that part of I-5 each day for work. He's created his own detours to avoid the freeway.

"I recommend someone getting off an exit earlier and going through the city. I've done it before," he said.

Caltrans officials said Tuesday the southbound lanes won't become more visible since extra striping and markers were already added in November. The lanes going north should be easier to see this week with striping and marker work being started Tuesday night. Caltrans blamed the recent rains for delaying the project.

The freeway improvements between south and north Stockton are not expected to be completed until the end of 2015 or the start of 2016.