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Construction on 19th Avenue North causing problems for local businesses

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Parts of 19th Avenue North are torn apart right now. 

Traffic, both by vehicle and on foot, is detoured, causing problems for local businesses.

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Construction season is upon us.

Alvina Deyle/Customer: “Winter and construction. Those are the two seasons we have.”

And 19th avenues construction is right between two busy streets with lots of stores on either side.

Deyle: “I don't come up here to eat if it's during this time because I don't like the construction.”

But there’s not a whole lot businesses can do about it.

Mark Kramer/Grand Junction Employee: “It has slowed things down. Everybody's got to take the back roads and everything but, that's, you know, construction.”

The 19th Avenue construction just started a few months ago and already it's impacting local businesses like Gloria Jean's here, who's closed its doors for good.

Gloria Jean's representatives wouldn't speak about the shop's closure, but when I spoke to a manager next to door he said the construction seemed to dramatically slow business for the already struggling coffee shop.

Deyle: “My daughters went there a lot because they live in the apartment’s right behind here and they will miss it.”

Kramer: “I like that place, so, that's kind of a bummer.”

The original plan was to have two way traffic on the stretch between University and 10th, but because of space requirements that wasn't possible.

Brian Pattengale/Engineer-19th Ave. Construction: “We're doing our best to maintain the driveways and still have access to the businesses without having to shut down the entire street at once.”

Although it's somewhat difficult to get to; there are still loyal customers that brave the construction.

Deyle: “If you can't go around it you have to go through it.”

And keep these business going.

This construction project is broken into three phases.

The two sections between University to 10th and 16th to 18th Street are expected to be finished by July.

That's when construction between University and 16th Street begins.

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