When it's finished, Auburn Street will have smoother asphalt and wider lanes. But like most road projects, there's a trade off. While the streets get new life, driver must temporarily find new routes.
For about the next two months, Auburn Street between north Main Street and Harlem Boulevard will be closed for all through traffic. Among other things, Auburn Street will be widened, and outdated sewer pipes will be replaced. Project leaders are urging drivers to instead use Whitman Street as an east-west detour. But not everyone is listening. Some residents on Harlem Boulevard and Myott Avenue are already seeing a heavier stream of traffic. And while they know it's now construction season, these neighbors plead for drivers to slow down, and look out for kids.
"More traffic means more risks, and where there's children there's a considerable risk, but it's going to exist somewhere whenever people in greater numbers," Michael Upshaw said.
"Hope that the improvements are good for the area, that the traffic slows down once it's changed, and back to normal," Michael Wasserman said.
Auburn Street between north Main Street and Harlem Boulevard will be closed for about two months. After the sewer work is completed, that portion of Auburn will be down to two lanes until Sept. 1, when construction is scheduled to be over.