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Robbins Avenue construction underway, residents adjusting

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NILES, Ohio - Construction brought traffic to a stop at state Route 46 over Mosquito Creek, as the bridge that was built in 1953 is set to be torn down and replaced.

Cars and trucks that once traveled between North Main Street and Vienna Avenue can no longer use the street to reach downtown Niles.

Niles resident Brandon Carmer says it's a big inconvenience because a lot of people who live on Robbins Avenue have to use the road to go to the grocery store, to Dairy Queen and other places downtown.

There are also barrels and detours that blocked off roads to Imperial Glazing Concepts and other businesses on Main Street.

At Kuhn's Home Town Vision, optometrists say they don't see why the Ohio Department of Transportation made the detours so confusing.

Optometrist John Zoumis says their phones were jammed with people wanting to know why they aren't open, but they are mistaken.

"Everybody thinks we're closed. Just because the road is closed does not mean we're closed. We are open. It's been mass confusion," Zoumis says.

The business is open but customers will have use Main Street and drive past the barrels.

The State Department of Transportation tells 21 News that almost 14,000 cars, trucks and other vehicles use Route 46 through the city each day. However, the state agency says it must replace the bridge and it cost more to make repairs than build a new bridge.

Drivers who use the road through Niles don't like the detour, but understand it's necessary.

Resident Kain Marshall says it will be an inconvenience with police and fire having to go around detours to get to another side of town. He said it will be nice once the road is paved and a new bridge is built.

ODOT says construction is expected to continue through mid October.

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