HPD Keeping a Close Eye on Construction Site

Published 07/24 2014 05:38PM

Updated 07/24 2014 05:52PM

A major road project in Henderson has police concerned about drivers disregarding traffic signs. Henderson's Green River Road is in the middle of a $1.3 million transformation. Until it's done, it's closed to thru-traffic from Osage Dr. to Woodpoint Dr. during construction hours. Some drivers haven't gotten the message, police said.

"It has gone okay but the past few days we've received more calls about incidents of non-residents driving through the construction zone," said Officer Jennifer Richmond. "It is only one lane that isn't always passable when they're moving equipment. People that don't live here don't need to be out here. You put the residents in a predicament because there's no way to pull off in some spots. There's no way to pull over. You can't turn around. It is causing some headaches."

James Fehrenbacher knows the feeling. As he returned home from work Thursday afternoon, a giant piece of construction equipment blocked the roadway. While he waited for it to pass, he waved to the construction crews that have, in essence, become his neighbors.

"They've been pretty good about notifying people of what's going on," Fehrenbacher said. "They let us know when they're going to have your driveway occupied, how long it's going to take. When they're out here during the afternoon, there's tons of cars coming through that shouldn't be coming through."

That has Henderson Police concerned. While crews work on widening the road, police are on the verge of widening their enforcement. HPD hasn't devoted an officer to patrol the area quite yet but that could very well be in the works.

"We have men out here and women working on this and trying to get it done under a deadline," Richmond said. "The more traffic that comes through, they have to pay attention to that and that can slow down their work and can put them in danger also."

Construction is expected to continue through October.

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