Street Repairs Cause Headaches in Riverside

By KBJR News 1

June 28, 2013 Updated Jun 28, 2013 at 6:22 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- The Riverside neighborhood of Duluth is ripped up for repairs, causing headaches for many people living in that area.

Water and sewer lines are being replaced in the summer months, leaving a muddy mess for residents to deal with. The construction has caused problems for many residents.

"I lost my sandals just walking ten feet, 20 feet across the road," said Kevin Ormsby of Duluth.

"I gotta give my dog a bath every time it comes back into the house or its mud everywhere," said Justine Pangrac. "My scrubs 'when I go to work' are full of mud when I get there."

But, the glass is half full for some.

"I've made light of it," said Therese Freeman. "They dug up bricks in the street. I've collected over 600 bricks to build me and my neighbor a patio."

That includes Randy Haugen, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

"It could be a lot worse and it isn't that bad," said Haugen. "Thank God I own a four-wheeler and good people."

There is light at the end of the tunnel with every scope and replaced pipe. City officials say this is the second year of a 2-year street reconstruction project. The work is expected to wrap up before the year's end.

Zach Vavricka

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