Road Construction Project Faces New Challenge

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CLEVELAND --  It's normally a bit of a bumpy ride due to the construction along Martin Luther King, Junior Boulevard in Cleveland.

But on Tuesday, it was a bit of a confusing ride thanks to a rather inconvenient detour when drivers approach Wade Park.

Due to a recent water main break, city crews closed MLK at Wade Park, detouring drivers along Wade Park Avenue to East 105th then back onto MLK.

Signs are posted, but not everyone is seeing them.

"There's a point where the cones just blocked off going southbound on MLK, diverting you.  I'm not sure where we ended up," laughed Chad Kertesz, of Cleveland Heights.

The detour is on top of a $3.4 million dollar repaving project already underway since the beginning of May.

That means two construction projects are currently going on at the same time.

"It was slow on the freeway!  A lot of traffic getting off 90," said Billy Irving, of East Cleveland.

According to the city, work on the water main is scheduled to be completed Wednesday.

Construction along MLK Boulevard is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Crews will be replacing asphalt pavement and repairing some drainage.

During construction, drivers will still be able to travel one way in each direction.

"It's a pain.  Definitely a pain in the butt to deal with the different routes and stuff. But if it makes the road better, I guess it's worth it," added Kertesz.

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