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City of El Paso explains why Cincinnati construction work has to be redone

Construction on Cincinnati Street (CBS4/KFOX14)

CBS4 On Your Side is getting more answers on a story we brought you Sunday night regarding construction along Cincinnati Street. Our report uncovered some work that was finished on Cincinnati Street near Stanton Street wasn't up to par.

"It wasn't any work that anyone would have noticed,” said Laura Foster, the chief architect for the city of El Paso. "There's uncertainty. There's uncertainty with a site with a history and a lot of stakeholders."

Foster said the contractor noticed the slab of concrete was moving, so crews ripped up the work.

"They did the right thing. They acted with incredible integrity,” Foster said.

Business owners told CBS4 On Your Side’s Ashley Claster that the uneven pavement and the fallen railings were dangerous. Tuesday night, the whole street was shut down for repairs. But business owners are still frustrated with project leaders.

"No one’s really told me anything as far as a finished deadline,” said Frank Ricci, owner of Rockin’ Cigar Bar. "We were told it was going to be done around November 17. I can't get a straight answer from them."

"Uh ya know, with these projects, we'd always love to say there's a final day,” Foster responded.

Foster said they're now aiming for mid-January.

"In about month, they'll have the most hospitable, walkable environment in the city outside of downtown,” Foster said.

"Any moves they can do to maximize safety for pedestrians, especially those who aren't in their best mindset since they're coming out of a bar, the better,” said West El Paso resident James Peinado.

Foster said this particular street is challenging because it's old and has a lot of slopes.

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