Work on Monroe Avenue causing headaches for folks in downtown Memphis

Local I-Team

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – People living and working on Monroe Avenue between Main and Front Street in downtown Memphis say they need some relief.

The south side of Monroe is blocked off and the alley is closed. People nearby say it’s causing chaos.

The city is making repairs to the sewer in the alley, but it’s causing traffic backup onto the street. The problem is the city of Memphis can’t give us an estimate on when the work will be complete.

These days getting up and down Monroe is tough. Orange barrels are blocking on the south side of the street, which means traffic is getting squeezed in. Then add in a few delivery trucks and cars that decide to just stop in the middle of the street, and you’ve got quite a mess on Monroe.

“This is terrible. It blocks both sides of the street,” said Ann Sampietro, who works downtown.

“It is a lot of construction for sure. I work on this street at Flight and go to law school, and the street’s been closed, and people have been upset about it,” said Rayna Rochelle.

The congestion is caused by the city of Memphis working on repairs to the city’s main sewer line. It’s not only causing problems for people on the street. It’s also affecting those working in nearby businesses.

“It has been constant drilling, knocking – the noise every day. This morning the building was shaking,” said attorney Esperanza King.

Some people who work around the area bought earplugs. Others are not coming to work.

The biggest complaint they have is they say they are not getting a timetable from city hall regarding how long it will take to make the repairs.

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