West 7th Street construction nearing completion

It’s an $8.5 million project that’s been in the works for nearly five years. 

The construction actually started back in April of 2017. 

But, some local businesses say it’s been a huge headache for them. 

"It’s probably has affected us, you know, some, I don’t know number-wise maybe, 30 to 40% or whatever. People don’t want to deal with the construction aspect of everything. Loyal customers are still going to find you and, you know, but, the regular walk-in customers are going, or the ones that just need an estimate are going to obviously go where there’s not a mess to try to drive around," says Jim Linafelter, manager of Prestige Collision Repair Centers.

Businesses here on West 7th say they’re happy there’s an end in sight for this construction.

"It will be done this year. We just don’t have a hard a fast completion date right now, so. We had a super wet June, as everyone remembers so, that really did slow us down quite a bit this year and so, we are behind where we thought we would be at this point in the year but, we’re still anticipating and planning for all work to be complete this year," says Jill Wanderscheid, Neighborhood Services Manager. 

With construction ongoing, some of the people who work on West 7th street say the construction is an inconvenience for now but, there is some positive to come from the construction process. 

"I think it’s going to be nice when it’s done. It’s going to look all right," says David Mason, Employee at Carquest Autoparts. 

Once the headache of construction is over, some employees along West 7th are excited for what the end result will be.

"With some buildings that need attention, they’re actually kind of fixing up their buildings and, stuff. So, it’s going to be positive. It’s going to end up being a positive for West 7th Street," says Linafelter. 

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