DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Construction along one of the busiest night spots in Dallas is not going anywhere, anytime soon.
A road project along Greenville Avenue will continue through the summer as crews work to finish a project intended to improve pedestrian and business accessibility.
The delay comes at a tough time for certain businesses which claim the torn-up roads have created a barrier between stores and shoppers.
“Definitely looks like someone dropped a few bombs on the concrete,” said Jose Sillas, a manager at Wabi House. “They see all the construction on the outside and they figure we’re closed. So they just don’t even bother coming in.”
Sillas said the City of Dallas first told him the project would wrap up at the end of spring.
He then claims project managers informed him it would be finished by June.
Now, the construction is set to wrap up in August.
He says he’s worried his restaurant will miss out on some of the most crucial business during the summer.
“They’re very crucial, it’s a big part. A lot of people coming in and they’re going to see this and be scared away from it,” said Sillas.
Patrons and residents like Joseph Alvarez are taking notice to the delays in the construction.
“It feels like there’s been no progress at all. The holes are just getting bigger,” said Alvarez.
Councilman Philip Kingston said when crews dug up the street, the utilities were in far worse shape than expected. The utilities had to be moved which took more time.
“Patience is not a virtue that I have. So it’s very hard for me to ask other people to have it,” said Kingston.
Judging the previous project along Greenville Avenue, Kingston has no doubts the overhaul will help the area.
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