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Drivers going around "Road Closed" signs cited

Posted at 3:40 PM, Oct 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-25 18:30:31-04

A stretch 108th St. is closed for quite some time between Q Street and Harrison St., but police are still having to patrol the area for people going through road closed signs.

The Metro Utilities District is doing a month's worth of utility work before a big construction project.

Road closed barriers are put up near Borman Avenue and Washington Streets, but police say drivers are going around the barricades into on-coming lanes to take shortcuts through the neighborhood.

For about 2 1/2 hours Thursday morning, officers cited almost 2 dozen people for violating "Obedience to a Traffic Control Device."

"A lot of it is just people don't want to change their route and we really need them to pay attention to the sign.  It is a safety issue for these workers when they have all the equipment up here and they don't expect traffic to be behind them," said OPD Ofc. Dan Fehrman.

Police say don't go around the barricades, find a different route, and listen to the message boards warning drivers of what's ahead.

In November, The City Public Works Dept. will start construction to widen the road to 4 lanes but 108th St. won't be completely closed most of the time.  That is scheduled to be finished in November 2019.