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Danger Zones: pedestrians deal with downtown construction

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19 Action News Reporter Jen Piccano with Councilman Joe Cimperman 19 Action News Reporter Jen Piccano with Councilman Joe Cimperman
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Warmer weather is construction season, so crews are outside getting things done while they can. 

The problem is that people still need to walk around downtown while projects are in progress.

The weather has finally turned and downtown workers and residents are taking to the sidewalks once again. So are constructions crews.

The improvement work on W. 3rd St. near the Browns Stadium is re-routing pedestrians either through the construction site itself, or onto W. 3rd  where drivers are exiting the Shoreway. Neither option seems safe.

 "It looks like a lot more traffic comes down this way than I thought so it's a little more treacherous than I thought it would be," said Yari Beavers.

"When they are not here working there's nobody directing traffic and getting people around the traffic and the traffic is still steadily coming," added Tracey Josey-Allen.

The downtown lunchtime power walking crowd has valid concerns.  They feel that drivers don't pay attention to pedestrians.

Councilman Joe Cimperman admits it's a hazard.

The councilman says that it's unfortunate when you have to take out a heavily traveled corner, that's a major part of the project because that's when things become a little more intense."

He says the city is exploring safer ways for construction crews and pedestrians to co-exist.

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