ORLANDO, Fla. - A busy downtown Orlando roadway is going to be shut down for several days to allow for construction work.
Orlando city officials said Rosalind Avenue will be closed between Anderson and South streets beginning at 4 a.m. Thursday. The street is scheduled to remain closed until Feb. 22.
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The city said they're closing the street to replace the asphalt surface with a steel-reinforced concrete surface. The work is being done to accommodate tractor-trailers that will be hauling equipment in and out for shows at the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.
"What we did with the Amway Center, we want to make sure that the surrounding infrastructure can support those large vehicles," said Orlando Transportation Engineer Charles Ramdatt. "The street would be damaged on a very frequent basics and resort in huge expentures."
The city said it has been warning drives about the closure for a month, but drivers who talked with Channel 9 aren't happy about it.
"(It's) a nightmare," driver Eric Strang told Channel 9.
Officials said about 18,000 cars a travel the route each day, and those drivers should expect significant delays.
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