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Drivers in Sioux Falls are dodging those "orange cones" around more than 20 construction projects right now.    


Although repairs are needed, it's still a pain in the neck.

 

For some, it's more than just an inconvenience; it's affecting their bottom line.   


In Sioux Falls, more than 20 businesses are located in Park Place Center, right off of 41st street and Kiwanis.

 

Due to construction, companies are losing their easy access turn lanes into to their complex, which impacts the customers and ultimately can hurt business.

 

"The customers come in and they complain about the traffic," said Waltjer.

 

Angela Waltjer is the Owner of Lick the Spoon on 41st street, a comfort food hotspot offering homemade pot pies.

 

Since construction began outside her shop, the pot pie specialty store has seen a decrease in sales for dine-in customers.

 

However, the business thought of way to draw food lovers in.

 

"We did a big special during the construction of our semiannual take and bake special, so that really has helped keep our sales up," said Waltjer.

 

Sometimes people have to be a little creative when avoiding high construction areas and business owners at Park Place Center are telling customers to use alternative routes such as Kiwanis.

 

"Use a little back way, we have a driveway leading up to here," said Schaefers.

 

Amanda Schaefers, a shift manager at Plato's Closet said the construction hasn't slowed down business for them.

 

In fact, right now is busy season for the buy, sell and trade clothing store.

 

Schaefers said cones on the road come with the season.

 

"You kind of expect it because in the summertime that's when they're fixing the roads, I mean, you kind of know it's going to come," said Schaefers.

 

For Waltjer, she hopes new summer products such as homemade old-fashioned malts, will help ease hungry people's stress from traffic and draw them into her shop.

 

With the construction process being somewhat of a nuisance for business owners, Waltjer said road repairs have to be done.

 

"Something that's needed to keep our streets great, but of course it's just an annoyance," said Waltjer.

 

The roadwork on 41st to Kiwanis is scheduled to be completed by May 23rd.

 

The city has more than 20 street repair projects in the works this year, for a complete list, visit

http://www.siouxfalls.org/public-works/street-construction/2013-construction.aspx

 

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