Dublin Road to be closed a few more weeks, neighbors tired of delays
Richard Capuano's family has grown fresh produce in West Columbus for generations.
"Tomatoes, we have our Carolina Gold, we have about 215 of those," said Capuano.
But, work that has Dublin Road shut down between River Oaks Drive and Trabue Road, just across from the 3-acre farm, has created a road bump.
"It makes it hard to get through to the neighborhood. Traffic, you know, is really clogged up between four and six," he said.
His hope is that efforts mean improvements for the area.
"The neighborhood is really going to be brought up, you know, to city standards I believe," he said.
ABC6/FOX28 first reported on the sanitary sewer project in mid-May.
It was a project that the City of Columbus said would help development and support business in the area.
At the time, the city said it would take about a month or so to complete.
Now, in mid-July, they said it should take another few weeks, and want to have everything done well before school starts.
"At times of the day no one wanted to leave their house, because we couldn't go anywhere," said neighbor Patricia Halterman about the early phases of the work.
ABC6/FOX28 talked to neighbors like Halterman in Golfview Woods, off Wilson Road, along the detour route.
"Turning left out of the neighborhood at one side of the neighborhood was anywhere from a 5 to 10 to 15-minute process some days during rush hour," she said.
As for the timing, the city said the tunnel boring machine encountered issues because of rock and loose soil.
ABC6/FOX28 caught up with a neighbor Krystal Essex, who weighed in when the project was first announced.
"When it first happened, it was really stressful because of the buses and kids getting home late or possibly getting to school late, but it actually, especially since school has ended, has not been as bad," she said.
She hopes everything can wrap soon.
"It will be incredibly frustrating if it continues once school starts in the busing starts back up again," she said.
Neighbors in Golfview Woods said they hope this draws attention to the traffic they deal with on a regular basis along Wilson Road, from the highway and other sources.
ABC6/FOX28 will be tracking the progress of the project.