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Several construction projects underway in Auburn causing traffic delays

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

Orange cones and detour signs are a common sight around the City of Auburn.

Now with Auburn University students gone for the summer, construction is ramping up around town.

"Unfortunately we have these congestion issues when we're doing the construction, but when we get through I think everyone will be pleased," explains Jeff Ramsey, Director of Public Works.

The Toomer's Corner intersection closed Monday, creating several traffic detours.

The renovation will include new sidewalks, crosswalks and a permanent tiger paw design made of pavers.

"We are getting to the point where we can start doing actual construction now. We've been doing a lot go demolition," says Ramsey.

The plan to renew Opelika Road is well underway. Additionally, the corner of East University Avenue and Opelika Road is receiving new turn lanes.

Also, contractors have been busy replacing sidewalks, curbs and medians along Opelika Road between Ross Street and Gay Street.

Over the years this stretch has been subject to vacant buildings, aged infrastructure and broken sidewalks.

"We are beginning to come to the end of that project, probably another month, month and a half we'll have that one wrapped up," says Ramsey.

Local businesses like the Dayspring Nature Shoppe have been feeling the effects of the construction over the past several months.

"Our sales most days are almost half of what they were before. Just because of the construction makes it hard for people to get in and out down the road so it's definitely making an impact on our sales," explains Cody Warren of the Dayspring Nature Shoppe.

City officials encourage residents to continue to visit downtown through the summer to see the progress and to take advantage of the local merchants.

"Please shop local, support all your local shops," says Warren

Construction updates will be posted at http://www.auburnalabama.org/cornerconstruction and on the city's social media feeds using the hashtag #cornerconstruction.

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