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Published July 28, 2011, 10:10 PM

Traffic Cones Causing Problems For Drivers And Businesses

Construction projects in Grand Forks have been causing drivers some grief. Late afternoon traffic congestion is becoming pretty common, and some businesses don't like it.

Construction projects in Grand Forks have been causing drivers some grief. Late afternoon traffic congestion is becoming pretty common, and some businesses don't like it.

Gateway and DeMers are heavily traveled streets, and summer construction is causing those roads to be trouble areas for travelers.

Orange cones mark signs of trouble for both drivers and businesses along Gateway Drive in Grand Forks.

"My daily traffic has been cut into about a third of what I normally get per day," Twin City Auto Salesman Dennis Andruski said.

Dennis Andruski at Twin City Auto attributes slow business to lots of construction. Gateway Drive is down to two lanes right now because of projects from Columbia Road to the Kennedy Bridge, making it hard for people to access businesses along the road.

Andruski says because of this, people either avoid the area or just get confused.

"I think a lot of it is the baracades have got them all deterred, they don't know which way to turn and what's going on," Andruski said.

With more construction projects than usual this summer in Grand Forks, traffic congestions and the maze of orange cones won't be going away anytime soon.

"I wish it would end in about half an hour, but it's not going to happen," Andruski said.

"Actually things have been busier than you'd normally expect for what is supposed to be slow times," Grand Forks Principal Engineer Mike Yavarow said.

Construction on both DeMers and Gateway should wrap up in the next month, but until then Andruski says both he and his customers will need to plan ahead.

"Well let's put it this way, my 10 minute trip home takes half an hour now," Andruski said.

Construction on DeMers and Gateway are state projects. The state has been spending more money on roads inside the city this summer.

Construction crews are fixing broken panels, replacing dowel bars, and grinding the surface of the roads. The projects should be done by summer's end.

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