Arena Construction Causes Issues for Commuters

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Shovels are scooping up concrete and roads are being marked. Both are signs that arena construction is well underway, but not without a few quirks.

“RT is not putting up the sign telling me where to go to catch my bus,” said Glen Trottier. Trottier was one of several people who had trouble finding the bus.

The 38 bus route near 6th St and J St hasn’t changed, but something else has. A concrete truck associated with arena construction is parked in a way that blocks the bus from reaching the bus stop. The same truck was also blocking the pedestrian walkway. When it was brought to the Kings’ attention, the truck was moved a few minutes later.

“It is only gonna get worse right? I can’t see it getting better,” said Shannon Smiley before pointing out the other kinks of construction.

“We didn’t want to deal with parking and construction, so we decided to take light rail,” said Katie Wanderer.

Underground, Smiley and Wanderer say there are a limited number of parking spaces in the Downtown Plaza Parking Garage, which motivated them to leave their cars at home.

“It will get worse,” said David DeMoss, a worker with Consolidated Communications. “Everyone will be upset with it. Come two years from now, everyone will be over-joyed.”

Fairly soon, several streets will be restriped, along with the installation of 9 noise walls in and around Downtown Plaza.

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