WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – With spring officially here, orange construction barrels are starting to pop up on Valley roads and a major artery in Warren is one that is getting a facelift.
U.S. Route 422 in Warren will be widened and resurfaced as part of a $3.5 million project by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
Crews were out on Tuesday, digging up the eastbound lanes of the road between Linda Drive and Southern Boulevard. And while traffic was flowing, nearby businesses like Sorrento’s Ristorante and Banquet Room are trying to cope with the mess.
“They are trying to make it work, but with all those big heavy equipment out there, there is a price to pay and that is what we are doing right now. Hopefully, it pays off in the end,” restaurant owner Mauro Vescer said.
Down the street, smack dab in the middle of the action is Advanced Auto Parts, where employees said because of the construction, they have only had a handful of customers.
“It has really cut down on our DIY clientele because they can’t get in. Commercial has been OK though if we can get in and out of the driveway,” employee Avery Hayford said.
But the biggest problem appears to be at Southern Boulevard, where the road will be closed until May. And while the sign says open at Boost Mobile, foot traffic is virtually non-existent.
“Well, we are a new store so it has affected sales a lot. We have not had that many customers come in here because they don’t know how to get in here from the back way,” district manager Vanessa Kuntz said.
The detour to the store on Southern Boulevard is off Linda Drive.
Southern Boulavrd will be closed until May and the entire project is expected to be complete by July.