SALISBURY, Md.- The city of Salisbury is moving forward with two downtown construction projects causing some changes in the area’s traffic.

Phase three of the Main Street project continues, with closures on East Main Street between Baptist and Division Streets. The Town Square project is now moving forward with phase one: replacing a traffic light with a stop sign on the intersection of South Division and Circle Avenue. Adding to these changes, Market Street will close this weekend as well for the Downtown Salisbury Festival.

This has been an inconvenience to many who work and live in the are.

“It’s really annoying,” says Jazmin Bailey. Bailey works and lives in the area. “It started on main street and now is all over. Nobody knows how to get into our building.”

“A lot of people have complained about it,” says Hannah Long, manager at MayaBella’s Pizzeria.

Long says the traffic changes have not hurt her business, but they’re an inconvenience for costumers and employees.

“The parking here is already tight. Adding the constructions put another damper on things,” says Long.

Others like Vicente Hernandez, manager at Olde Towne Deli, say they’re willing to put up with the temporary closures to help improve the overall area.

“If we don’t do the construction now we’ll be looking at the same issues 10, 20 years from now and then we’ll be upset our city isn’t growing,” says Hernandez.

Phase one of the Town Square Project should be completed by this fall before the Folk Festival.

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