LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It's been more than a month since News 18 visited two businesses in the heart of the Durkees Run Project construction on Earl Avenue.
"We have definitely had our challenges with people coming in and out," Studio 714 Hair Design owner Melissa Whitus said. "When they've come in to do work on the parking lot there were times where we didn't get notice and parking became a huge issue."
"At least 35 percent of our business has been cut back," Kirby Home Care owner Eduardo Arguelles said.
Both owners said when Earl Avenue was closed for more than a month customers had a hard time getting to their businesses.
"Business has slowed down mainly because people don't have access to the road, so they can't see us," Arguelles said. "That's were most of our business comes in, just from people driving by and seeing the sign."
By the end of next week drivers should be able to do just that. Construction will wrap up on Earl Avenue, opening to traffic in both directions. It's a day business owners have been waiting for.
"Oh I feel excited because we've been needing more traffic to come in," Arguelles said after hearing Earl Avenue will open soon. "I tell people out there to support their local businesses."
"We are super excited," Whitus said about the road opening. "We want the road to be open. We know it's only temporary. We know Kossuth Street is coming and things are going to change up again, but it will just be nice for a period of time to have some normalcy."
The busy intersection of Kossuth Street and Earl Avenue is expected to close sometime after Thanksgiving. At that point there will be limited access again to local businesses.
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