ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) – It took years of planning, months of hard work and more than $4 million later, but the roundabout in Elmira is coming soon.

Crews have been working on the roundabout near North Main Street since the Spring.

Elmira's city manager, Mike Collins says this project has been in discussion for the last five years. He goes onto say “the city was awarded money through the federal and state government. Typically they pay 95% of the road work and construction work.”

According to the Star Gazette, 24 accidents were reported in the area in the last 10 years. Collins and the city of Elmira hope this roundabout will prevent accidents and better protect the community.

Collins says new sidewalks and new lightning will be added to the area, which will create a safe environment for everyone. Right now, this area is congested and traffic is delayed due to construction. However, Collins says that once this project is completed, there will be new and better traffic flow in the area.

This congestion has affected local businesses in the area. Collins and the city are warning businesses and the community to allow extra time when traveling through this part of the city. Collins says him and the city are doing their best to accommodate businesses in the area and avoid them being negatively affected by this construction project.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of October or the beginning of November.