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Road, sidewalk closures due to downtown Park District construction 'situation'

October 15, 2019

Update: All roads and sidewalks have been reopened, according to an advisory alert sent from the East Lansing Police Department Wednesday at 12:37 a.m.

Motorists and pedestrians are currently being advised to avoid the area around East Lansing's Park District project site.

At about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a concrete form on the eleventh floor shifted which is now stabilized by a crane on site, said Leo Allaire, East Lansing Fire Department public information officer.

Allaire said another crane from Detroit is expected to arrive around 6:30 p.m. to remove the shifted form off the building.

He said once the situation is stabilized, the building will be inspected to determine that it is structurally sound.

Allaire said the city is unsure what caused the 4,000-pound concrete form to shift, but drone footage determined that the strucutural integrity was not compromised.

He said the removal process should take four to five hours. The impact on the projects construction window is unknown.

"So hopefully before midnight all this will be behind us," Allaire said.

In the process of project construction, a concrete form didn't set properly, according to an advisory alert from the East Lansing Police Department, or ELPD.

All roads and sidewalks around the site have been closed. The closures are expected to be in place for several hours.

Police urged people to avoid Grand River Avenue west of Abbot Road, between Grand River Avenue and Linden Street until further notice.

The story was updated after publishing to include official statements from the City of East Lansing.

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