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Area businesses eager for Bremer Avenue construction to end

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

As an eastern Iowa road reconstruction project gains momentum, area businesses are becoming frustrated.

The Bremer Avenue Reconstruction Project in Waverly has been going on for months, but recently crews have been working closely to some businesses and owners say the construction is affecting their sales.

"It needs to hurry up and get done," said Annie Carrillo, Dell's Diner cook.

Carrillo and other area employees say they are starting to lose patience as the construction continues.

"It's been a long process already and it just doesn't seem like it's going very fast at all," said Melissa Wilkens, Treasured Quilting Owner.

The main goal of the project is to completely re-haul Bremer Avenue after years of wear and tear. While crews are repaving the road they will be replacing water and sewer lines. Right now the project is in the fourth phase and crews are working to put in a new curb and gutter. The latest round of construction has closed many roads and sidewalks, blocking entrances to businesses.

"A lot of times we had nice crowds, but not with construction there's no way they're not coming in," said Carrillo.

Most businesses have a back door entrance, but owners say many customers have trouble finding and getting to those doors.

"This whole area has been blocked off for that time, I do have a back door, but it has hurt business," said Wilkens.

Business owners say the construction has made it hard for customers to find their business, and once they get there through a back ally it's hard to find a place to park.

"It's hard on the businesses around here, there's no parking for people around here," said Carrillo. "It's affecting everybody, it's a stream...it goes all the way down."

Between closed side walks and demolition, businesses owners say they've had enough.

"Just tell them to hurry up and end it," said Wilkens.

The City of Waverly says it's important for people to follow the detours and continue to stay patient. Project organizers say the project should be completed by Thanksgiving. To find out more about the project CLICK HERE.

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