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Construction worries Maumee residents

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MAUMEE, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Construction on the Ohio Turnpike at Michigan Avenue in Maumee has sparked some concern for residents.

They fear the shutdown will interfere if there's a need for emergency assistance. Residents north of the Norfolk Southern railway tracks in particular worry that police, fire and EMS may not be able to respond to emergencies if a train is blocking the Michigan grade crossing.

Last week, residents notified the Maumee Department of Public Safety about their concerns. The city assured residents they will have a timely response.

"We've made arrangements with the contractors," said Sgt. TJ Stratton of the Maumee Police. "They are aware of the situation and will move equipment if need be. We also have another alternative location that allows us to get access to that area, so the people should not worry."

Construction crews estimate that the Turnpike at Michigan Avenue will be open again by late July, weather permitting.

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