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Significant construction progress seen at Mt. Hope and Elmwood
Rochester, N.Y.— For months, the Mt. Hope and Elmwood Avenue intersection was a site to avoid.
Road construction backed up traffic and slowed down commuters.
“It’s been pretty awful,” said commuter Pierce Sams. “I usually would have to find a different route around here because it's been reduced to one lane and the traffic is pretty bad getting through here.”
But now, there is significant progress seen at this intersection and traffic is flowing. According to the city of Rochester, construction in this area is nearly complete.
Dan Hurley, the president of Upper Mt. Hope Neighborhood Association, said, so far, he likes the changes.
“For the longest time, Mt. Hope Avenue had the highest accident rate in the county,” Hurley explained. “So to help with that, they put in a median and that's been the biggest improvement. So we've widened Mt. Hope Avenue for on-street parking.”
The added parking helps the stores and restaurants on Mt. Hope that have had to endure slower business because of the construction.
“The businesses here have endured a lot,” Hurley said. “They've taken quite a beating, but it's going to be really nice when it's done.”
The owners of Bunga Burger Bar agree. The new restaurant just opened this May—right in the middle of all the Mt. Hope construction. They say things have improved since lanes have opened back up.
“We're definitely noticing a difference in business and increase of people walking and driving by,” explained co-owner Bob St. George.
Regardless of construction hassle, co-owner Brad Sluman says it’s worth it.
“We can just see that with the hospital and school and with Collegetown coming in, this will be a good spot for years and years to come.”
Construction on Collegetown has already started. In addition to that, across the street, Starbucks is planning to move into a bigger space and three new businesses are planning to move into new buildings. Bruegger's Bagel is also adding a Great Northern Pizza to their restaurant.
A city spokesperson explained that construction is not complete quite yet and lanes could close temporarily to finish the road work.