Main and Auburn Roundabout Construction Almost Complete

Main and Auburn Roundabout Construction Almost Complete

What a headache! We're talking about the Rockford road closures at Main and Auburn. On the plus side roundabout construction is almost finished.

ROCKFORD- Cars zoom through the normally quiet neighborhood streets surrounding Auburn and Main Streets. Crews work diligently to finish construction on the new roundabout.

Der Rathskellar Owner Betty Giesen has seen a 12% drop in restaurant business since construction started.

"Business is down, but of course it would be. It was hard for me to get here some days,” explained Giesen.

The two lane roundabout will be open within the next several weeks. 

"We now have open parking right in front of the beer garden gate and it's public parking so people can get there right on Toner," said Giesen.

The public parking lot off of Toner Avenue remains open to the public. A positive for Oktoberfest goers, who say finding parking in the area isn't hard, but it's certainly not easy.

"I don't think there is a problem with parking. There’s a lot of residential area here where you can park," said Musician Wayne Voss.

Looking forward Der Rathskellar hopes to expand Oktoberfest with more vendors and bands. They believe the roundabout will only add to the festival and boost business.

"It's going to be wonderful. I think it's going to be good for Rockford. I think you'll start to see more and more of them and I think it's a real positive thing for the city," said Giesen.

And as the tents go up for Oktoberfest Giesen is focusing on the positive; good food, drinks, and music coupled with the sound of construction coming to an end. 

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