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Influx Of Students Add To Road Construction Congestion

Travelers are looking for some relief from traffic delays.

The influx of IU students in Bloomington is adding pressure to an already tedious commute around road construction projects.

The City of Bloomington, Indiana University and the state of Indiana have been working on construction projects around the Monroe County all summer.

Mayor Mark Kruzan says he understands that people have been frustrated by the delays, but the good news is that local construction workers are employed. Still many community members are asking when the construction will be complete.

“Unfortunately, these are all projects that are being done because construction costs are so low. Sadly because of the economy and all of the entities city, county, state and university are trying to take advantage of low costs,” Kruzan says. “In the end, however, tax payers are actually saving money – they’re not saving frustration.”

Mayor Kruzan says not all construction projects are for road improvement. Sare, Rogers and College Mall roads are utility projects. Kruzan adds the bypass won’t be completed until late fall.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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