Construction on Mt. Hope Avenue impacts local businesses
Posted at: 09/24/2012 6:00 PM
| Updated at: 09/24/2012 6:46 PM
By: Ray Levato | WHEC.com
Business owners along Mt. Hope Avenue say their profits are down due to traffic headaches in the area.
Owners of the Distillery and Cam’s Pizzeria say their business is down. They blame the road construction in the area.
The University of Rochester’s $100 million College Town Project linking that part of the city with the river campus. A center median is being built on Mt. Hope Avenue. The city says construction is actually ahead of schedule and will make Mt. Hope safer when it’s finished.
Jim McIntosh, city engineer, said, "This project was $5.7 million just to do the section between Elmwood and Crittenden. Basically the big features there are separating the turning from the center lane where the left hand turns were made at the time making it the highest accident leg of the highway in the county.”
This is phase one of the project. The city will also upgrade the stretch from Crittenden Road south to the city line at Westfall Road in 2015, after the state makes changes to the 390 interchange near the University of Rochester.