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Truman Parkway construction causes headache for drivers

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Construction on the final phase of the Truman Parkway, which will connect Whitfield Avenue to the Abercorn Street Extension at Holland Drive, is well underway.

While workers started on the last phase in March 2011, the project has now moved to busy Abercorn St., where there are many restaurants, apartment complexes and other businesses.

Drivers say the construction is causing major traffic congestion and delays. Some complain of sitting in traffic for an hour or more.

"It's really bad on Sundays. We just try to stay home because it's so bad," said Kimberly Medima, resident.

Lanes are reduced to one on weekends, which drivers say is backing up traffic for miles.

The speed limit has also been reduced in work zones.

Residents who live on or near Abercorn St. say the entrances to their homes are being blocked because of the construction, and they are having to take a detour.

Kertina Johnson, who owns Johnson's Florist and Balloon Co. on Abercorn St., says she fears the construction will keep customers away.

"We're going to be putting up signs letting people know that we're here. Sometimes traffic backs up from here all the way to Montgomery Cross Rd., which is about a mile and a half from here," says Johnson.

Construction of the Truman Parkway expansion is expected to be complete in 2013.

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