Changes coming to Graham Avenue

(WEAU) - "You never know when a car is going to pickup a rock and toss it into our windows," said Renelle Laffe, Angelus Day Spa Owner.

Owner Renelle Laffe is just one business owner on Graham Avenue that is dealing with unfortunate holes and rocks in the road.

The situation is bad enough that the rocks break her windows.

However, the city is going to resurface the street this upcoming summer.

"What were trying to do with this reconstruction is to shoehorn it between some of the special events that occur downtown that being Summerfest and the International Fall Festival," said Public Works Director Brian Amundson.

The project will take four to six weeks and will not close the road completely.

"I will take the construction any day to see it get repaired and traffic is always re-routed anyways through downtown,” said Laffe.

There are multiple pockets in Graham Avenue that will be repaired during the resurfacing.

The new street's pavement will last eight to ten years, which even the owner of Retro Distortion thinks will be beneficial in the long run.

"It’s going to force people to walk more down Graham, which is probably good for me and a couple of other businesses. This is because then they'll walk by, and look at my window and go 'Oh cool shop, I'm going to go in,'” said Mark McElwain, Retro Distortion owner.

The city is getting ready for an even bigger project next year, which will be on South Barstow Street, making it a two-way street.

"We thought it was important to do the prepatory work so that we could reduce the length of time that the actual construction could take place on South Barstow," said Amundson.


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