ROCKFORD (WIFR) – The Main and Auburn roundabout won’t be complete until sometime next month, but for several of you living in the surrounding area, that day can’t come fast enough. We’re told some drivers are creating their own detours right through our neighborhoods.
Just crossing the street is a problem for Patt Petersen as she takes her dog for a daily walk along Boilvin Avenue.
“This traffic we have on Boilvin, I’ve noticed is worse than what it used to be on Main and Auburn, so I’m wondering, where did all these cars come from?," said Petersen.
Construction crews shut down Main and Auburn Monday which has left many drivers to cut through surrounding neighborhoods.
From blowing stop signs, to noisy streets, neighbors say the extra traffic is annoying, claiming people aren’t following the marked detours like the one at Rockton Avenue and Whitman Street.
The Roundabout isn’t just a nuisance for those who live in the area.
“To get to where I need to pick my son up today, it took me at least 20 minutes longer than it normally would. It seems like people are a little more frustrated, tempers are getting a little hotter. People just have their own idea of how they’re supposed to deal with all the traffic and I’ve seen a lot of very close accidents,” said driver Sandra Ingelse.
That’s something Petersen hopes will change once the intersection re-opens next week.
Rockford Police have extra patrols in some neighborhoods to catch speeders. Lieutenant Pat Hoey says there’s speed monitors in the areas with more traffic, like along Rockton Avenue.
Main and Auburn will reopen next Wednesday and the entire project is expected to wrap up by mid-October.