Downtown Construction Woes

By: Auburn Hutton
By: Auburn Hutton

Arlington Avenue is closed from First to Court Streets with detours at Sierra and Ralston. Virginia Street is closed from 2nd to 4th Streets with detours at Sierra and Center.

"It's causing a lot of problems for me getting to work on time. I work on the other side so I'm unable to get there on time because of construction and detours. It changes every single day," said Angela Brit who lives downtown.

Three downtown bus routes are also affected by construction. Signs tell riders where to go but offer no answer as to when the routes will be back on schedule.

Sharon Thurman wanders her empty boutique, wondering where all the customers have gone. She says her business is suffering.

"It's very hard to get to First Street. Last week, they had First Street closed to Virginia and Arlington was also closed. It took me 20 minutes to figure out how to get here," said Thurman.

Thurman thinks her customers gave up on finding her store and just stayed home.

"We've gone through a lot of hard times and we thought they were about over, but they're always working on that road."

This closed off section on Virginia Street doesn't seem to be affecting business or foot traffic, but drivers say it's just a hassle.

"Construction all the time. You just have to handle the changes because there's changes all the time, things are blocked off all the time," said Taxi Driver Bill Lindner.

But there's good news.

"When this is done, it won't have to be done for another 15 or 20 years. It'll all be brand new," said Kori Ramociotti, a construction worker on the Arlington Project.

Arlington Avenue is scheduled to finish up by March 30th and Virginia Street should be finished by the beginning of May.


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