PORTLAND,Ore. (KOIN) -- The normally quiet, less traveled section of SE 41st that Chris Trimiew grew up on has changed a lot in just the past 10 days.
At that time, the city of Portland closed Cesar Chavez Boulevard from SE Division to Hawthorne for a road and sewer improvement project. The sewer construction will be worked on around the clock.
One of the consequences is all the cars that were using Cesar Chavez are now pouring onto neighborhood side streets.
And that has many people, like Trimiew and Martina Tuckner, very upset.
"We're just seeing an exponential increase in traffic," Trimiew said.
The area of 41st near SE Lincoln isn't wide enough for all the time two-way traffic that's here now, so cars squeeze by going opposite directions. There's bike traffic here already, and it's a real mess, Tuckner said.
"Usually, there's 10-15 cars a day. Pretty quiet," she told KOIN 6 News. "Even when we're in the house we can hear people honking and yelling and screaming and chasing each other because they're mean and mad and they don't know what to do."
The newly-congested side streets won't stay this way for long. Construction on Cesar Chavez is expected to be completed in late July.
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