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Lincolnway roadwork converts Osceola nonbelievers

Osceola businesses celebrate Lincoln Way construction Osceola businesses celebrate Lincoln Way construction
OSCEOLA -  Road construction, how sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like Lincolnway.

Faith has been restored. In Lincolnway, that is. Signs of long-awaited roadwork have Osceola business owners saying Amen!

"People have complained quite a bit about it," said Hardware Plus store manager JD Simper. "It's been pretty bad for a long time now." Simper says the deep potholes in front of his store have even cost some customers their hubcaps.

"It's wrecking the cars," said Osceola resident Tracey Stone. "You gotta sit there and dodge every chuck hole there is in the roads."

Simper says he hears customers complain about Lincolnway all the time.

"I don't run down Lincolnway because the roads are so bad," said local Jim Lancaster. "I don't want to tear my vehicle up."

Some folks simply gave up.

"I felt there was a few people who decided that it wasn't worth coming through here," said Simper.

A couple of store owners said while they're relieved to hear Lincolnway is finally getting paved, they don't want to get their hopes up too fast.

"You know shutting down part of the road to do the construction affects our business," said Simper.

Some customers already stopped going to Lincolnway businesses. Lancaster admits he was among the lost.

"I don't go to the Subway down here," said Lancaster. "I avoid the hardware store across the street. I don't want to be on Lincolnway. It's just too bad. It's been terrible!"

And now he has joined the found.

"Everyone is happy!" said Lancaster.

"Very happy," added Stone.

Businesses will have to wait and see if the new pavement offsets the drop in business during construction. But at least for now, business regulars are overjoyed to see the construction is getting underway.
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