It was a big day for many business along a section of Staples Street as contractors removed the last of the construction barricades.
Some of those business owners have been enduring the blocked off streets for the past 16 months.
Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live from Staples Street with the details.
The City is nearing the end of its $15.5 million bond project, and some business owners said it was just in time. The last barricades were removed overnight in a section of Staples between SPID and Wooldridge, just past Holly Road.
The street had been neglected for decades before voters approved the $15.5 million bond to rebuild the roadway with modern traffic signals and bike lanes.
"We've incurred anywhere between a 30 to 40-percent drop in sales when they started the construction on the road, and it's just been a long, grueling process," said Andy Purvis of Beamer's Sports Grill. "We lost some really fine employees because we couldn't afford to give them 40 hours."
"Andy's has been around for over 60 years and we thank our loyal customers, that they were able to support us through these difficult times," said Jerry Hinojosa of Andy's Kitchen.
"It's been painful, but I'd say, in the long run, clearly it's something that needed to be done, and I think the City did a bang up job getting it done in a fairly timely manner," said Todd Morgan of Carisma Wash, Lube and Detail. "In comparison with some of the other projects in the city, I think this one's been stellar."
Work continues on the roadway between Wooldridge and Saratoga, but that's expected to be completed next month.
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