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Construction confusion in the heart of Maplewood's business district

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A construction project by MSD in downtown Maplewood has been inconvenient for residents and business. Credit" KMOV A construction project by MSD in downtown Maplewood has been inconvenient for residents and business. Credit" KMOV
MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A massive sewer relief project in Maplewood has caused some residents and business owners to wonder why.

MSD is working on a massive sewer relief project that is running through the heart of the Maplewood business district.  

Thursday, crews starting digging up the intersection of Bellevue and Manchester.  This is the same intersection that was dug up for months last year while massive sewer pipes were laid.  
    
"I thought they were done. I thought they were finished with all this," says resident Lisa Momon. 

That is what many people thought. But turns out, this major construction project to add a new wastewater sewer is just getting started. 

"We put a temporary fix on the road so people could drive through here and drive through with the traffic and everything. But it is business as usual and we are back to work," says MSD spokesman Sean Hadley.  

That temporary fix, at no additional cost, was over the holidays. MSD says this was by request of the city of Maplewood and residents, so people could get through the holiday season without having to deal with construction zones. Now it's creating some problems and agitations across the board. 

"This is the second time I am experiencing the detour," says resident Carol Hughes. 

Momon adds, "I am having an issue where to catch the bus. They moved it to a place that if I did that everyday, I would be exhausted to work." 
 
Income tax business owner Ken Ploch says this is the worst time for the construction to take place. 

"Our very busy season with income tax starts the first week of February. We have people coming in all day long probably anywhere from 8-15 clients and every one of them is going to be confused," he says. 

MSD says the entire sewer project is now six months behind, in part  they say because of Maplewood's request to temporarily halt the project.  
Bellevue and Manchester should be wrapped up within the next month or so, MSD says.
 

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