Construction on roads and buildings, started almost a year ago, has added to student’s frustration. Many of the projects, such as the Donahue Drive - Magnolia Avenue Intersection Improvement Project, called for a widening of intersections and creating extra turn lanes to help speed traffic flow.
Although Magnolia was supposed to be a relatively speedy fix, construction started March 30, 2009, it has yet to be completed and many are wondering why.
Engineering Manager Alison Frazier, who is in charge of the project, said this was because of a significant amount of rain which put a stop to construction many different times.
“There were days where crews would have to make up work from days before because it would all be washed away overnight, but we stuck with the plan and decided to not make any changes in the way the construction was going,” Frazier said.
Despite weather delays, Magnolia should open at the end of this week. This could not have come soon enough for businesses like Firehouse Subs who lost customers due to construction and students who wait in a long line of traffic every day on Glenn Avenue.
“Although the road will be open to traffic again, there will still be a few sidewalk projects that we will be working on, which will be the last of the major road constructions we plan to do for a while.” Frazier said.
The sidewalk projects should not interfere with traffic, but Frazier did warn drivers to use caution while driving on Magnolia and have patience while workers finish within the next month.