Construction of Conant causing traffic slowdown in Maumee

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – Road construction in downtown Maumee is causing heavy traffic jams.

Roadworks on Conant Street, due to be completed later this year, are creating more parking spaces along the road.

“I understand the idea of ​​trying to create more on-street parking for businesses, and for some businesses that would be beneficial. But the traffic problem during the high traffic times of the day, at lunchtime and especially at the end of the working day, it’s really serious,” said Kent Buehrer, president of Buehrer Group Architecture . “If you want to cross Conant Street to get home, you have to wait for several cycles of light to intersect.”

Aru Goel, a student at the University of Toledo, said that although the traffic is boring, she is excited about the end result.

“I’ve noticed that since construction started it’s a bit more crowded, but hopefully they can make it more walkable again.”

Buehrer said he felt like companies like his were being pushed out of Uptown and he wasn’t sure the changes would last long.

“It just doesn’t make sense to me. They think they’re going to divert lorry traffic, and maybe they’ll do that a bit. But I think the lorries will still go through Maumee. And I think that eventually there will be a point where they will probably undo this in 5-10 years and put it back to four-way,” Buehrer said.

Mayor Richard Carr of Maumee said he is working to turn Uptown Maumee into a hotspot, and it’s a milestone.

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