Monday, March 26, 2012
Road construction at the intersection of 13th Street and Ridge Road has begun.
"No left turn, it caused a lot of havoc there with only two lanes going straight, and I think some people weren't realizing it was in effect until they got to the intersection and saw the sign," said Tom Stull, lives nearby.
Monday was only day one of a seven-month project that will completely change the intersection.
"It's going to be a mess. I can tell you that," said George Hoffman, lives nearby.
"It's going to cause some grief I'm sure for a little bit," said Stull.
Until the project is complete, traffic will be reduced to two lanes, one each way. Left turns will not be allowed.
Those who live just blocks away fear frustrated drivers will congest their streets instead of facing the coned-off intersection.
"I know what's going to happen now, if it's messed up up there, it's going to make it twice as bad down here," said Hoffman.
When the project is complete, the city says it will be a better intersection. It is set to serve higher traffic volumes when the big ditch bridge, connecting Interstate 235 and 13th Street, is complete in the next few years.
"If that's going to help alleviate some of that, I don't have a problem with the progress," said Stull.
Until it is finished, some drivers say they will be taking an alternate route out of the neighborhood.
"I won't go that way. I just won't. I'll go down on school, or I'll make a right turn and go down the Zoo Boulevard," said Hoffman.
The project is set to be complete in October.