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Main Street Work Affecting Salisbury Business

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SALISBURY, Md. - Construction recently began on a major renovation project for Main Street in downtown Salisbury.

Work on this first section began about three weeks ago, and is a relatively small piece of roadway, about 100 yards of Main Street between Route 13 and Poplar Hill Avenue. But, it is the barricade at the entrance to Main Street that seems to be creating an issue for some businesses up the road.
A local restaurant owner says business has slowed since construction began.

"We're off about 10 percent, 15 percent. it's just that main road being closed off, and it is just a task for people to ignore the fact they have to drive around to get to us," said Joel Olive, owner of Mojo's Restaurant.

The same is true just around the corner from the construction at Season's Best Antiques on Poplar Hill Avenue. Employees say foot traffic is way down. They believe it just takes a minor inconvenience like the entrance to Main Street being closed to deter customers. 

Olive agrees with that notion.

"Salisbury, we're used to more convenience, and being able to get where you need to from main roads to our side streets," he said. "So, any little detour, we're not used to it.."

The construction begins a lengthy process of improving Main Street with new landscaping, water and sewer lines, and fiber-optic internet cable.
Businesses are in a wait and adapt mode as they navigate the unknown.

"We've been talking about the project for the past three or fours years now, and it is starting, which is a good thing. It's good for downtown. It's just, how long it's going to last, and how long it's going to affect business," said Olive.

A city spokesman says this initial phase should be finished by the end of January, and then work will continue up Main Street to Baptist Street in the next section.

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