Rochester, N.Y.—Olivia Marvez commutes from Henrietta to Strong Memorial Hospital each day. It should be a relatively quick commute, but road reconstruction has snarled traffic on Mt. Hope Avenue and nearby Elmwood and Crittenden Boulevard.
“It’s back-to-back complete gridlock around the hospital,” said Marvez.
Mt. Hope is in the midst of a summer-long road reconstruction that will include new utilities.
“It is something you would see every 75-100 years,” said Mark McAnany, Project Manager with Bergmann Associates.
Shops along one side of Mt. Hope are having their entrances closed briefly while the water main line is installed.
“I think people are either not realizing they can turn in or are nervous that they’ll turn and, and they’ll be stuck,” said Nancy Andrews, manager at Fort Hill Liquor Store.
Businesses and residents have complained about the inconvenience and drop in business, but many say they’re looking forward to the end result which is expected by fall or early spring.
“When it does get put in it’s going to be a lot wider, a lot easier for people to get in and out,” said Joe Normand, a Shift Leader at Bruegger’s Bagels.