ESTERO, Fla.- Business owners along U.S, 41 in Estero are nervous about this upcoming snowbird season. In that area, they are widening U.S. 41 from four lanes to six, but they say this construction is hurting their bottom line.
The widening of U.S. 41 between San Carlos Blvd. and Corkscrew Road is a 14 million dollar project. It started earlier this year and since then, residents from the area say they have dealt with all sorts of construction equipment, big piles of dirt and maneuvered through road that are ripped up, causing some lanes to shift. For some businesses, navigating through the construction has been a nightmare.
The owner of Paw-radise, a dog bakery and grooming store, said her customers don't want to deal with it. Her business is down 72 percent from this time last year, which was before the construction started.
FDOT tells WINK this project is expected to be done by the summer of 2013. They are working with businesses and residents to make sure all stores and streets are marked with signs. Lanes will shift by next year, making traffic flow a little bit easier, while this project continues.
In the meantime, they say businesses will have be patient.