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Orange cones and detour signs cause local businesses to struggle

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FARGO, N. D. -- Clink and clatter all day long, it's the sound of nearly two dozen construction workers along 19th Ave. North in Fargo.

"It is loud," said plaza employee Sherri Jones. "But, yea it just adds to the nice sounds of traffic."

Storefronts along this stretch of tar told Valley News Live construction is hurting business in the already slow summer months.

In fact, Gloria Jean's Coffees had to shut its doors! The store manager told us that road work forced many to avoid the area and not come into their store.

Road workers tell drivers to avoid construction zones if possible, but unfortunately it's not making business for plaza tenants any easier.

"I know it's been difficult, hard for everybody that's in the plaza," said Jones. "By this time we're typically jam-packed. People are usually trolling around to find a place to park. So, it has been a little bit more empty." 

And, it's hitting all these area businesses hard: Manager Olivia Pladson at the Red Pepper said sales are struggling.

"It's definitely been a little bit slower than what it should be compared to last summer," said Pladson.

"It is effecting everybody's business up here and you shouldn't have to be encouraged to go somewhere else because you can't get to where you want to go," said Jones.

With construction season in full bloom, orange cones and detour signs line the road creating a challenge for customers.

"Getting here has gotten to be quite the maze for customers," said Jones. "And, then to try to leave, which way is the best way? Because, it's so poorly marked."

The road will become more congested once summer concerts start up along with fall tailgating.

This area will see orange for a few more months. Construction is slated to wrap up this October.
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