Superior St. businesses weigh in on construction's impact on bottom line
We are almost a month into the reconstruction of Superior Street.
So far, there have been mixed reviews from businesses in the construction zone as to how construction is impacting their bottom line.
With construction underway, the western portion of Superior Street in downtown Duluth is looking different these days.
"There's a lot of anxiety going into something like this, ya know," says Ed Barbo, owner of Ed Barbo's Columbia Clothing, "your showcase street out in front of you is gonna be torn up."
But despite construction, Barbo says business is doing quite well.
"Actually knock on wood our business has been very good so far," smiles Barbo.
Other businesses, like Pizza Man, aren't so lucky.
"I've definitely seen a decline in the night shift, a lot," says Pizza Man Delivery Driver Chris Amiot.
It's mixed reaction one month into a three-year, $30 million project.
The city says they're making changes each week in an effort to work with businesses.
"We've made some adjustments to signing," says Duluth senior engineer Duncan Schwensohn. "There was some traffic issues that got brought to our attention at these meetings that I've adjusted our traffic control a little bit."
Kristi Stokes with the Greater Downtown Council says, for now, sidewalks and the skyway are helping alleviate some of the impact of construction on some businesses.
"It's going to be a while before we see work done on the sidewalks," says Stokes, "so these side walks are still accessible."
The city is urging customers to make downtown a destination for shopping, but reminds them to pack their patience.
"Whether they are in the construction zone, or outside of the zone, it's just really important to support local business," says Stokes.
As for the sidewalks, there are temporary sidewalks in place right now.
The city says business will get a seven-day notice before workers lay down the concrete for new sidewalks in front of their businesses.