V-DOT Closes 29 Northbound

By: Matt Holmes Email
By: Matt Holmes Email

Tuesday September 4, 2007

It's a busy corridor of Route 29, one that's seeing a lot of growth - and that's precisely why folks in the Hollymead area say they didn't need a bunch of holes in the road.

But holes are exactly what they got and the ensuing construction proved a pain in the neck for local businesses.

"Basically a lot of people will come in and actually say that they were wondering if we were open and how business has been affected by the construction," says Daniel Baber of Jersey Mike's Subs.

Arby's Shift Manager Stephanie Sharp adds: "People travelling through, they see it and it's like 'aw man it's an Arby's but they're closed. Look at all the mess out in front.'"

The road closures V-DOT has planned over the next couple nights will hopefully help restaurants and shops along the stretch recover. Crews already replaced a drain pipe and now they'll spend the next four nights testing it, to make sure no further problems pop up.

Those vendors who have been hurt by the construction say they can't wait to say goodbye to orange barrels and road signs.

"Hopefully this time they'll get it right and it won't cause anymore trouble with our business," Sharp says. "Maybe our business will start to pick back up."

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