SPARTANBURG (AP) Officials are warning there could be long delays on Interstate 85 south near Spartanburg as emergency repairs are made on broken concrete.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation said workers closed the right lane around the state Highway 9 exit at mile marker 74 on Friday afternoon because several concrete slabs were broken.

The DOT said repairs will begin immediately, and two of the three lanes of I-85 south in the area will be closed at night. They hope to have the lanes fixed by the middle of April.

About 65,000 cars pass through that stretch of I-85 every day.

The DOT said Business 85 through Spartanburg is a good alternative route to avoid the work zone.

Gridlock possible with emergency I-85 repairs