Updated: Charlene Cristobal
June 16, 2014 - 6pm
If you've recently traveled down Old Bainbridge Road, you may have noticed more orange construction signs than usual. The City of Tallahassee is closing down the road from Brevard to Seventh Avenue overnight starting Monday night at 7 p.m. through 6 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Businesses in the area are mainly concerned about their commute into work. Ernest Ferrell of the Tallahassee Urban League says, "I'm fining out today that it is closed tomorrow and getting in and out will probably be a little difficult. I am surprised that they're closing. This road has had a lot of work on it and I was so sure that it was all finished."
According to City officials, all lanes in the 3/4 of a mile span will be closed so that construction crews can check on the utilities that are under the roadways.
Residents like Kenta Colson say that it has been a huge inconvenience with the multiple closures of Old Bainbridge. "I go pick up my daughter around 6:30 p.m., so that means I'm going to have to go around the one way on Bronough Street just to get home," Colson says. "So, I think it's very inconvenient with them working on the roads and I wish they would hurry up and get it completed."
For other residents, because the road has been closed so many times in the past, they already have alternative routes planned.
According to an update from officials, one night the span of Old Bainbridge from Fourth to Brevard will be closed and on another night the span of Seventh to Fourth will be closed. They haven't confirmed with us which night the two separate closures will take place.
If you use public transportation, StarMetro is aware of the road closure and they do have alternative routes planned for riders.
The road is set to reopen 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.
June 12, 2014
On Monday, June 16, and Tuesday, June 17, Old Bainbridge Road from Brevard Street to 7th Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. This closure is necessary to allow crews access to utilities within the roadway.
Detour routes around the closure will be clearly marked. Local access for area residents and businesses will be maintained.
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