Businesses: Highway 290 construction costing customers

June 6, 2013 3:05:38 PM PDT
Construction has been a headache for drivers along the Northwest Freeway. But for some businesses, that construction is causing them to hurt financially. Some business owners say the construction is threatening their livelihoods.

From any angle, the section of Highway 290 between Mangum and 34th Street is a mess.

"It's really a nightmare around here because they have roads blocked down to one lane at one intersection," said Terri Bennett with Phillips Tire and Service.

Getting around all the construction can be tricky, and that is not good for business.

Phillips Tire and Service has been on Mangum Road for 40 years, but now they're losing customers.

"It's just easier for them to go somewhere that's got easier access," Bennett said.

Elsewhere, highway construction has chewed up parking lots and ripped out driveways. Construction work is even sometimes cutting off access altogether.

"Sometimes they'll just shut down the entrance. People are trying to come," Nick's Grill owner Nick Patel said.

The Texas Department of Transportation says it's trying to work with business owners to minimize the impact of the work, but businesses say that's easier said than done.

"It is very frustrating, let me tell you. It's not a peaceful sleep," Patel said.

"It's been a real hindrance for our business," Bennett said.

In some cases, the state has taken land away from individual businesses to use in their construction and expansion project. In those cases, those businesses are compensated for loss of property. However, businesses are not generally compensated for loss of business of revenue.

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