Closed streets in downtown Orlando cause big headache for drivers

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

Rosalind Avenue is closed for a block in front of the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, which forced a lot of drivers coming off the State Road 408 to take a detour.

Despite the fact that only one block of busy Rosalind Avenue is closed, it is expected to cause some traffic problems for many drivers heading into downtown. 

The section of the three-lane street will be shut down until Saturday, Feb. 22.

"We know there will be some disruption to people's ordinary routines," said transportation engineer Charles Ramdatt.

City officials posted signs in the area several weeks ahead of time to warn drivers and posted the routes online, but it was still a hectic morning for many drivers.

“The teachers were late getting to their classrooms this morning,” said Teresa Manno, who works at a day care on Rosalind Avenue.

Faced with the detour, many drivers went whatever way they wanted, blocking lanes as traffic lights changed. A community patrol officer was on the scene, but that didn't seem to stop drivers from going whichever way they wanted.

The city now has cones out to help guide drivers, and traffic engineers are reprogramming the traffic light.

City officials said construction crews will do their work as quickly as possible to get out of the way of drivers as soon as possible.

The street is being reinforced for a heavier load of traffic, including the weight of tractor-trailers that will use the street to get equipment in and out for shows at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

City officials are now trying to complete the work ahead of schedule.

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