Nightmare on Water Street

No word yet on how long a portion of a major downtown thoroughfare will closed.
Staff photo No word yet on how long a portion of a major downtown thoroughfare will closed. Staff photo

Utilities relocation for Market Plaza had already closed the eastbound lane on Water Street and detoured traffic to South Street and Second Street SE, and when Second Street was also closed last week, many who park in the Water Street Garage were trapped in an extraordinarily long exit line March 3.

“Staff met with [contractors] yesterday and told them they need a better plan,” said city spokesperson Miriam Dickler March 8. “They’re supposed to have a plan by the end of the day.”

At press time, she didn’t know how long the utilities work would take, but the Jersey barriers on Water Street could be an ominous sign.