LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Drivers said traffic on Sagamore Parkway is picking up and their drive to work is taking more time than they'd like.
"It's stop, go, stop, go, all the way down until you hit about Greenbush. It takes me probably 20 minutes to get there," driver Angela Neal said. "It's getting bad."
"It was about 10, 15 minutes to get to work but now it's about a half hour," driver Aaron Maedge said.
"Before it used to take me about 10 minutes to get to work now it's anywhere from about 15 to 20 minutes," driver Kevin Case said.
Drivers said they noticed the change when the intersection of Main Street and Earl Avenue closed Monday. Drivers are detoured to Sagamore Parkway to avoid the area while crews work on the next leg of the Durkees Run Project for the next three weeks.
Darryl Richardson works at the intersection of State Road 38 and Sagamore Parkway.
"Some people do get frustrated," Richardson said. "You hear horns honking from people getting frustrated. Just yesterday there was a guy that wanted to get out of his car over here and the other guy kept going, so yeah you see people getting frustrated."
Some said they're looking for alternative routes to avoid the traffic.
"I'll probably take the interstate all the way to Schuyler. It will be faster," Neal said.
"I cut through Alcoa one day, but now I have to take Teal all the way to 52 instead of taking Earl to McCarty now," Case said about his attempt to find a faster way to work.
While backed up traffic on Sagamore Parkway may not be good for drivers, it may be good news for business.
"Some people that don't know we're here they can actually have time to stop and look over at all of the smoke and smell the smoke and say hey that's Mr. Darryl's over there, so yeah we like it," Richardson said about his BBQ stand.
So while business may be picking up drivers said the next three weeks will be long.
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