Summer showers may be putting the brakes on road construction in Harrison County. County and state roads are getting a face lift but, some business owners say the work zones are putting a damper on their sales.They say construction on Highway 80 is driving customers away.
"It has kind of slowed down our business," said Katie Starr, who works at The Grub Sack on Hwy 80 in Scottsville. "I kind of feel like once it's all done, it'll pick back up. It'll make traffic easier, and not a lot of road rage."
Robby Adair has owned his liquor store on Hwy 80 for 62 years. He says the road work, which will add a middle turning lane at the intersection with FM 2199, is more of a nuisance than a necessity.
"It's been real slow. I just don't think they're putting out enough effort to get the job done," said Adair. "I don't see any need in what they're doing right here, right now, especially in front of two businesses."
Texas Department of Transportation officials say the road work started two months ago and should be complete in the next few months. They say it's just one of 12 projects the state is currently working on in Harrison County, and wet weather has delayed that work throughout the summer.
"They feel like it takes forever, and that the highways might have been alright before we started construction but it's going to be a much better roadway and last a lot longer," said Marcus Sandifer with TxDOT. "Roadway construction is like an outdoor sport so it all depends on the weather. If it remains dry and warm temperatures, then we can get a lot more work done."