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900 East gets torn up again: Residents upset

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A new road construction project has some Salt Lake City residents upset. For the next two weeks, they'll have to park somewhere else because 900 East is being torn up and repaved.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - A new road construction project has some Salt Lake City residents upset. For the next two weeks, they'll have to park somewhere else because 900 East is being torn up and repaved.

Preparation work began Monday on the project that will result in the demolition of 900 East from Emerson to 1300 South. Sheryl Seliger lives on 900 east and works from home.

"It seems like an awful lot of work gets done on a perfectly good road,” said Seliger. “I don't have any problems with the quality of the road and I don't see why it needs to be done."

According to a flier that was passed out to the residents in the area, the work needs to be done to remove some old railroad ties under the street and that it would take two weeks to complete.

"I don't see how the railroad ties are affecting the road,” said Seliger.

And if they are, one resident questions why it wasn't done the last time 900 East was torn up.

Anne Jensen told ABC 4 Utah, "A few years ago, or a year or so ago, we had the road was torn up for months and months."

Jensen believes the city and its taxpayers are paying double for a job to be done twice.

"It seems a little bit of a waste of money,” said Jensen.

Seliger can only think of one reason the road will once again be dug up and repaved.

"The only thing I can think of is they're keeping people employed,” said Seliger. “It takes a lot of road workers to close down a street and repair it, so I guess we'll have more people feeding their families."

Salt Lake City Spokesperson told ABC 4 Utah the city was aware the railroad ties were there the last time the street was re-paved. Art Raymond said they left them there because they normally don't cause a problem, but now they've begun to notice those ties are rotting and causing structural issues with the street. Raymond says they're tearing them out, now, before the problem gets worse.
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