Construction to cause lane closures on Heatherdowns

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Drivers going through south Toledo may have a slower commute than normal, as construction starts on Heatherdowns.

Waterline installation is the reason for all the orange barrels on Heatherdowns. Between Cass and Reynolds, drivers will see daytime lane closings and traffic will be down to one lane each way.

Drivers are not the only people unhappy about this work.

"It could be devastating," said Moussa Salloukh.

Salloukh said the daytime lane closures of Heatherdowns could really impact his restaurant, Burger Bar 419.

"7 a.m. to 6 p.m., which is lunch and dinner. Hopefully, our customers find their way around it," said Salloukh. "A lot of people are going to be affected by it. I think it would be a lot better if it could be done at night."

City officials said a lot of factors go into deciding what time of day construction projects are done. In this case, Heatherdowns is in a very residential area, so issues such as heavy pounding and bright lights, may not be ideal in the overnight hours.

Gowangsoon Kim works at Perfect Alterations, located in a strip mall just off Heatherdowns and Reynolds.

She said the construction is really bothersome, especially during rush hour.

"We couldn't get out and we couldn't get in easily, so we have a hard time," said Kim.

The southbound lanes of Heatherdowns will remain closed during the day and traffic will be moving in the northbound lanes. No detour is posted, but drivers may choose to take Glendale to avoid the road work.

The work should last for at least the next two weeks, but that does not always mean business will be back to normal once work is completed.

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