PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Three major streets will shut down Monday morning and be closed for three weeks due to construction on the Portland-to-Milwaukie light rail line.
Beginning at 5 a.m. Monday, 8th, 11th and 12th avenues will be closed south of Division.
Officials like City Commissioner Steve Novick are concerned about the traffic and ensuing behavior drivers might take in the detour areas.
"We don't want anyone to get hurt," he said.
Portland police will provide increased enforcement in the area, watchign for speeders and other violations in the affected area.
"When people come to a road closure they weren't aware of there is a tendency to get frustrated and drive fast through the neighborhood streets and that's dangerous," Novick said.
Motorists like Melanie Graves are also concerned.
"It's kind of intense to think they're going to be coming in here and traveling in our side streets and probably being angry about the traffic," she told KOIN 6 News.
Speed is a concern. The anticipation the road closures will make things worse concerns everyone.
"You're worried that people will get hurt, that someone will get hit and injured or, God forbid, killed," Novick said.
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