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WEST FARGO, N.D.—This isn't the first time the North Dakota Horse Park has had to deal with construction.

Last year, construction crews were here taking over the intersection of 45th Street and 19th Avenue North.

Now they're even closer to the track.

To even get access to the track, people will only have one option - to take 9th street north.

And North Dakota Horse Park General Manager Mike Schmitz says it's already affected sales.

"We average about 2,100 [to] 2,150. So it was down. We definitely felt the difference from 2,500 people a day in previous years," said Schmitz.

Saturday will be opening weekend for the track's summer season.

Schmitz hopes people will just be patient and keep coming out.

"It'll be worth it, it'll just be a little more work to get here, but it'll be worth it," he said.

But just a block away, one homeowner is singing a different tune.

Bruce Brand and his family live on the farmstead just opposite from the track.

He says he doesn't mind the construction, because he has slower-moving farm equipment and the work zone keeps people away.

And he knows it'll all be worth it in the end.

"Yeah, it's a hassle like anything else, but in the long run it'll be good. We'll now have a turn lane," said Brand.

The project is scheduled to wrap up towards the end of August.

That's when the city says through access to drives will be restored.

Until then, drivers will just have to settle with taking 9th Street or using the interstate to go around.

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