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Dover Road Closure to End Soon

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DOVER, Del. -- Work on sewer mains underneath a section of North State Street has caused the road to be shuttered for a few blocks in both directions over the last three weeks, though the closure is scheduled to be lifted this week.

City officials said the work is expected to be finished on Wednesday, though crews are likely to return to the area in the spring. The closed road has caused increased traffic in on streets and alleyways in neighborhoods lying on both sides of the roadway.

Charles Gibson, a Dover resident who lives in the area of the construction, said he is glad to see the closure end. He said a detour that currently leads people around the closure gets very congested between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and causes people to cut through less-traveled alleys to save time.

"I live less than two blocks away and it takes me 25 minutes just to go two blocks on my own street," he said.

The imminent end to the current work was welcome news to Paula Kinsey, who owns a tea room on State Street called Tea for Two. She said the construction has cost her a few thousand dollars in potential reservations and sales because the road and sidewalk in front of the business are blocked off.

When the next round of work begins in the spring, she said she is hopeful that additional considerations could be made for her business.

The construction hasn't been completely negative for all businesses that dot the mostly-residential area. Grocery Basket General Manager Ryan Meeks said business at the sandwich shop has actually improved with the detour."

"It's been a great benefit to us," he said. "I mean it's brought a lot of traffic through here that would have gone through state street before."

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