Monday afternoon, some of the orange barrels on Auburn Street came down. Many drivers at the intersection of North Main and Auburn Street breathed a big sigh of relief. For the first time in over two months, drivers could travel east. One lane in each direction is open between North Main Street and Harlem Boulevard.
The ‘road closed’ signs are down and the arrows are up. The stretch was supposed to open last Monday but Mother Nature wasn't cooperating. Crews also had problems with the storm sewers.
The Auburn Rehabilitation Project kicked off on March 1sand since then drivers have had to take Whitman Street as the primary detour. Residents who live in the area and frequent Auburn Street had a mix of emotions about this partial opening.
You can expect to travel one way in each direction for the rest of the summer season. The Auburn Street project isn't supposed to be finished till September 1 just in time for the Labor Day weekend.
The total cost of the Auburn Street project is about $2.5 million. Part of the money came from the 2004 Rockford Road Referendum.