Downtown Orlando construction brings road closures

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ORLANDO, Fla. —

A downtown Orlando construction project is expected to cause some problems for drivers. Friday morning, crews shut down Orange Avenue between Anderson Street and South Street for about three weeks.

"I think the first week is going to be pretty much of a nightmare," said Orlando resident Phyllis Murphy.

Digital signs downtown have warned drivers for days about the road blocks. The closure in front of City Hall is only about 1,000 feet, which is less than about two blocks.

"I'm still going to try to take 408 the first couple times and see if I can backtrack behind OUC and get there quicker that way," Murphy said.

Crews will rip up and fix the road, adding enhancements for pedestrians, which are needed since the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center is expected to open soon.

The improved road will also accommodate the future expansion of Interstate 4 that is expected to start next year.

"Now with the road closure, probably going to be a little more strenuous to get to work in the morning, so, I'm more concerned about morning rush hour, and then of course afternoon rush hour," said resident Kait Doulou.

PDF: Orange Avenue reconstruction road closures