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Road construction costs small businesses hundreds per week

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Construction along Sheridan road in Peoria could still take months Construction along Sheridan road in Peoria could still take months
PEORIA, Ill (HOI) -- -

Orange signs and detours - Sheridan Road in Peoria is getting a much needed face-lift. But not everyone is happy about these quality-of-life improvements.

"We (sic) losing hundreds a day," said Kwame Lobdell, owner of the Kuttin' Up Barber Shop. "It's a lot of people that can come and see the shop on a daily basis that need haircuts or ...We've got two stylists, they need stylists and it's like, they're not going to see us."

Small business owners like Lobdell say they're hurting because of the construction. 

Mitchell Coleman says he's seeing a drop of hundreds of dollars a week because of a lack of traffic and extensive detours turning away business. 

"The detours you've got to take to get here - you know, there's only two ways to really get to the shop, and people who don't live around here, they don't know,' he said.

While the Sheridan Road project may be a bitter pill for some businesses to swallow, not everyone is against it. The owner of Heiser's garage says that it will be of a benefit once it's finished, and residents say they're loOKing forward to what it will provide.

Norm Heiser says he's planned for the added hassle of roadwork, and that it hasn't impacted his garage much.

"People are still finding their way down here," he said. "A lot of times over the phone I have to explain to them that the road's closed but you can still get to me, and it's working. It's ok."

When done, Sheridan road will have bike paths and more environmentally friendly roads. City of Peoria Public Works says the stretch along Sheridan bridge will be completed by the end of May, and near the McClure intersection by the end of June.

City Engineer Bill Lewis said the city recognizes the impact construction has on local businesses, and is doing it's best to ease the inconvenience and stay on schedule. 
 

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