CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Business owners continue to have questions and concerns about a Cape Coral road widening project.
This comes as construction on Pine Island Road enters into a new phase. A lane shift should take place Sunday, overnight.
The road is being widened from two lanes to four lanes between Chiquita Boulevard and Burnt Store Road
The $8 million road widening project started 2013. The Florida Department of Tansportation tells WINK News, overnight on Sunday, Feb 23rd, workers will move traffic from worn-down lanes into newly paved ones.
For Bubba's Roadhouses, which sits right at the work zone, it's just bad timing.
"This is absolutely the high point of our season. This is where we make or break our year. It's a big concern doing this right now. I understand in the scope of things, to the state it's not a big deal, but for us in our little world, it's a very big deal," said owner Jay Johnson.
While Bubbas will be open, the road directly front of it will not, as crews work to re-pave it. "Our deliveries may have a difficult time moving around to get to that size to this side," said Johnson.
Nate Williams, owner of Williams Family Auto Care, says the construction is hurting his new businesses. "It deters our customers from coming in here and we can't keep our signs out by the road."
He's located behind the Shell Gas Station, and at times says the work blocks the entire entrance.
"It's a little discouraging because you know being a new business, every customer counts when people are driving past just because they don't realize they can come in here, it's not a good situation," Williams said.
The entire project should be completed Fall 2014. Businesses, despite their concerns are trying to be optimistic and hope it's worth it, in the end.