South University construction about to get worse - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


South University construction about to get worse


By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Headaches from construction on University Avenue will continue. On Tuesday they'll close the outside lanes and re-route traffic to the inside lanes, making it tougher to get to area businesses.

An engineer with the Lubbock city traffic office told KCBD NewsChannel 11 that every business will have one access point but some businesses say they are losing money.

Sales are slowing down at the Weinerschnitzel on University Avenue. "About this time especially with the weather, we'd be selling ice cream. People don't wanna come this way with the construction, so they go elsewhere," said supervisor Cameron Rodriguez.

Rodriguez fears hours will be cut and says they've even discussed closing down early.

The construction project could continue for several months. Other businesses like Cancun Mexican Restaurant are also worried because business has already been slow. "In the two or three weeks then they started the business moved more slow," said shift manager Andres Hernandez.

Residents like Tina Sanchez are starting to get fed up with the projects. "They need to hurry up because they are always going to be in the way, even if they make a little path for us, they're still in the way," she said.

As for Rodriguez, he hopes business will pick back up. "Hours are gonna be cut. Without making money, it's hard to get paid too," Rodriguez said.

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