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Pedestrians moving 25th Street construction signs almost injured

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 The quick reactions of two 25th Street construction workers saved pedestrians from serious injury or worse.

Crews asked Valley News Live to spread the word about the "sidewalk closed" signs you'll find on site. They say pedestrians have been ignoring the signs and even moving them.

As Valley News Team's Mellaney Moore explains, there were a few close calls. 

"I just seen him in the nick of time...yes," says Industrial Builders Inc. Superintendent Chad Pederson.

Pederson was running a large excavator yesterday when he caught something in the corner of his eye.

"A gentleman pushing a bike come through and went through the type three barricades...the "sidewalk closed" ...and I did not see him. I was swinging through my blind side," he says.

Crew leaders say pedestrians on 25th Street near Interstate-94 have been ignoring and even moving the "sidewalk closed" signs.

"He had to stop and swing his bucket over the top of this person. If he continued on his path, if he hadn't seen him, that person probably wouldn't have done very well," says Industrial Builders Inc. Public Relations Coordinator Sharon Schmidt.

Schmidt says the signs are meant to tell pedestrians the sidewalk is closed because of serious and potentially dangerous work in the area.

"I don't think sometimes people realize the dangers of what's going on and the heavy equipment that's moving around. We're much smaller than anything that's moving around out here," she says.

The sidewalks will be closed for the rest of the summer.

"It's going to be really important that pedestrians and bicyclists pay attention to the detour signs that will direct you over to the pedestrian bridge that goes across the interstate," she says.

It will take a few extra minutes, but help you arrive to your destination safely.

"It's a scary situation. We certainly don't want to see anybody hurt out here," says Pederson.

The best advice: if you see heavy equipment on your path in a construction area, find another route.

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