WAYNESBORO (WHSV) A construction project shut down parking on a main road through the city. Business owners in the area said it may be a hassle now, but it will pay off later.
The construction is part of the city's downtown revitalization effort. Workers replaced sidewalks and planted trees to make downtown a prettier and more accessible place.
Starting on Friday, drivers won't be allowed to park on Wayne Avenue, between Federal Street and Broad Street because of that work.
The lanes of traffic will shift to give room for the sidewalk work. Businesses in the area was impacted by the work already on Thursday.
"It's been noisy, they've been jack hammering, tearing up the sidewalks and the street,” said Faith Ayers, the owner of Brown Bag Express.
The section of street where Ayers' restaurant is was shut down on Thursday, but Ayers said the work hadn't hurt her business.
"A lot of my customers walk in. I'm right in between Lumos and the city building, and a lot of my customers walk down from there," said Ayers.
Other businesses were closed temporarily.
Piper Groves, the director of the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, said that business will probably temporarily close too at some point.
"But since we're a non-profit, we don't really rely on retail traffic, so we have the luxury of being able to do that," said Groves.
Business leaders said the situation wasn't ideal, but they were thinking about the end result.
"Parking is always an issue down here, and this has taken away some spots temporarily, but we all have our eye on the end of the road, when we're getting more parking and a pretty downtown. So it's worth it for us," said Groves.
The parking will be closed and the lanes shifted starting Friday.
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