ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - If you live in the city of Elyria, you've probably experienced a few frustrations sitting in traffic. The city is in the middle of several construction projects.
Drivers and pedestrians say these days, it's tough getting around Elyria.
"There's so much congestion and chaos, you don't know when to stop because you can't remember where to turn, there's no sidewalk on this side, I don't like it," said resident Jesse Williams.
Orange barrels and "Road Closed" signs block some major roads, but city leaders say there's a good reason for it. Elyria is in Phase 1 of the East Avenue Relief Sewer and Roadway Improvement Project. In addition to the sewer construction, several roads will be reconstructed and some sections of the water main will be replaced.
The construction has led to detours and delays, and elected officials know their constituents are annoyed about it. Marcus Madison, 5th Ward Councilman, says he recognizes the inconveniences.
"As a council member, I apologize for the inconvenience, because I know that it's frustrating for so many people to try navigate the city," he said.
Madison says there are multiple construction projects going on in Lorain County -- some state and some local. He said that the city didn't have much control as to when the financing came through on the projects, and that's one reason why it seems everything is happening at the same time.
The city is holding several public information meetings to answer questions. The next one is Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Elyria City Hall. Property owners and residents are invited to attend and be briefed on what's happening with the construction projects.
"At the end of the day, when these projects are done, our streets are gonna be so much better for it and I think people are gonna be very proud of the work taking place," said Madison.
The goal is to get these projects wrapped this fall, before Old Man Winter gets to town. If you have any questions regarding the meeting you can contact Project Engineer Kathy McKillips at 440-326-1444 or firstname.lastname@example.org