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Road construction frustrations

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Drivers are getting frustrated.

"This road construction's crazy. I live right next door to all of this. I hear honking all the time, it's a mess," says Austin Mast.

And they're anxious for construction on Main Street to be over.

"I think they need to hurry up cause it is a huge inconvenience to everyone around here, it's really holding everything up," says Matthew Rininger.

"As soon as they get this finished, we'll all be happy I'm sure," says Kelly Audenart.

But it's not just unhappy drivers, businesses along this road are struggling as well.

"We've seen a double digit drop in sales, but not only that, we've seen a lot of customers coming in frustrated with construction," says Kevin Foster, manager of Penn Station East Coast Subs.

They've been frustrated because one entrance to Penn Station Subs was blocked at times and even when it's not, Foster says it looks blocked. It's things like this that have doubled his driving time.

"I completely change the way I come to work." 

It's an inconvenience for USA Skate Park too. Manager Mike Sowden says their ONLY entrance was closed during one of their special skate events.

"We have dollar night on Monday nights and usually have three to 400 people and we're only skating 200 people on dollar night," says Sowden.

Those who did show up had to park next door and walk through the grass to skate.

"People who don't know the area or know how to get here would have trouble getting here and probably would have turned around and gone back home."

He says the construction company has worked with him. He let's them put equipment in his lot and in return they agreed to fill his pot holes and expand his entrance. "Oh I can't wait till it's over with," says Sowden.

Project engineer Steve Menis says the end is in sight. Weather permitting, most of the traffic restrictions sould be complete before the rush of shoppers on Black Friday.

 

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