The first day of repair work on the Michigan Street Bridge caused concern for pedestrians.
The Indiana Department of Transportation's crew began fixing the cracks and crevices on the bridge Wednesday morning. During peak traffic time between 5 and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, there was no traffic congestion. Cars were smooth sailing through the intersection.
Many said that's because INDOT closed down east-west traffic on Northshore Boulevard and turned off every light in this intersection allowing cars to cross without a worry.
But alleviating one problem has created another.But what about the people trying to cross the street?
"I didn't know the lights were out, this is crazy now,” said Chris Miller, an avid runner. “Ya this is very dangerous."
Since every crossing signal has been shut off and sealed, cyclists and runners have no choice than to make a run for it.
"Cars are coming over the bridge, you can't see the cars, they can’t see you,” Miller said. It's much more dangerous than usual."
Miller runs on Northshore every day. On Wednesday it took him a few minutes of running around before he realized this intersection wasn't an easy one to beat.
INDOT said it understands the frustration, but this project is vital. The lights and signs will remain off until the bridge repairs are over.
INDOT suggests people on foot or bike find a different route for the next few months.
Miller says it’s an inconvenience.
"The bike trail is up here too, that’s why the crossing here is popular," he said.
INDOT is hoping to have all repairs done by September.