Beware! Construction causing confusion on downtown sidewalk

Beware! Construction causing confusion on downtown sidewalk

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Cleveland 19 is asking questions about a dangerous sidewalk that has been causing some confusion downtown.

The iPhone video starts just as the child is getting up. Senior Producer Cassie Nist witnessed her fall on the sidewalk as she was driving by. The students are walking south on East 18th Street and turning down Prospect Avenue.

There is construction of the new Clayco building and fencing has made the sidewalk extremely narrow.

There are signs on one end of the sidewalk warning people that the sidewalk is closed and they should go back to the crosswalk. However, you only see the warning if you're walking in one direction.

Since there was no signage warning reporter Sia Nyorkor, she walked south down E. 18th with her camera and had to step into the street several times because the sidewalk wasn't wide enough. With her back to traffic, she was concerned someone would swerve too close and hit her.

The city of Cleveland is aware of the concerns and is looking into it.

Clayco's CEO Robert Clark released the following statement:

"Thanks for the video and the concern you have for the children near our site in Cleveland. While we won't be responding in any other way than this e-mail, we will take your comments and concerns to heart and improve the conditions very quickly. Again, thanks for contacting us." 

Nyorkor spoke with the Clayco site manager who said they weren't aware of the dangers, but he was concerned.

Just a short a time ago, Nist noticed two new signs were posted, as a result of us asking questions.

Stay with Cleveland 19 as we continue to monitor this situation.

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