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Construction closes McCormick Road, Newcomb Drive

Construction delays at the intersection of McCormick Road and Newcomb Drive closed the area to traffic Sunday and reduced it to one lane for part of Monday.

The project took longer than expected due to complications in reinstalling a water service line, said Jay Klingel, the director of operations for Facilities Management.

As a part of the replacement of the McCormick Road Bridge, workers had to move the pipeline from under the bridge to below Emmett Street, Klingel said.

The final tie-in to connect the water service line was scheduled for last Thursday evening, Klingel said, but the workers ran into trouble re-accessing some of the valves and piping joints.

Many residents were frustrated by the early morning road work. “They had jack hammers at seven in the morning while I was sleeping and it make me very angry,” said second-year College student Olivia Fowkes, who lives in Old Dorms near the construction. “I feel like the construction takes forever.”

The job was completed Monday and McCormick Road was repaved by the end of the afternoon. The delay is not expected to hinder the overall progress of the bridge’s reconstruction, which they hope to complete by July 20.

—compiled by Alia Sharif