Published: Jul 22, 2013 1:35 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 22, 2013 1:47 PM EDT

LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Construction crews have four days to finish up work on the Matlacha bridge before facing a $2.5 million fine.

The project is three years in the making, and is practically nine months behind schedule right now. Lee County gave Archer Western, the contractors working on the project, a deadline of July 26 to remove their crane, barge, and pylons.

It's causing a headache for drivers traveling over the bridge, but several local business owners say they're the ones who have really been hit hard during construction, seeing a sharp decline in sales.

"This past Sunday morning, my busiest time of the weekend, they had [the road] shut down so traffic could only go on [one] side, and they had it blocked off," said Jim Frock, owner of Seven Seas Bait & Tackle Shop at the foot of the Matlacha bridge.

Frock said he's seen a nearly 50 percent drop in sales over the course of the three year construction project.

WINK News will continue to follow the construction as the Friday deadline approaches.