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Road work in O'boro cause for concern for some business owners

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Road construction season is a few months away, but in Owensboro some work is already underway.

As those construction facelifts start on sidewalks and other areas along Second Street, some businesses are worried about how they'll be affected once work really picks up in the summer.

It's something Lavita Watkins has seen before.

She works at C-ing Polkadots and says that anytime there's work on Second Street, somebody usually feels the side effects.

"It has slowed down business, but we do have some very loyal customers who have made their way through the mess to get here," said Watkins.

But it's not always that easy.

"Out-of-towners and new customers complain about the lack of parking and how hard it is to get to downtown businesses with all the chaos and stuff that's going on downtown," said Watkins.

Including work to expand sidewalks, put in new storm sewer lines, and improve Second Street itself.

Some of that's already underway or getting ready to begin.

City officials know it won't be an easy summer.

"I guess it's like going to the doctor and having a surgery done, you know?," said Wayne Shelton, Public Works Director. "There's a certain period that you're gonna have to do the surgery itself, and then there's a recovery period that it's gonna take to get over that surgery," he said.

For some, that recovery period brings a fear of the unknown.

"I don't know what it's gonna do to the downtown businesses," said Watkins.

One of the things officials say they'd like to do is work with local businesses ahead of time before work starts that could affect them.

The city is also trying to avoid certain hours to lessen the impact on businesses and those who go to work in the area.

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