It's caused plenty of stress for local businesses not able to make a profit in the downtown area, but it's all gone now. At least temporarily with the re-opening of a downtown intersection. Our Antonia Mejia has our top story at ten.
It's a contruction project that began five months ago with the closure of a few intersections, including a major one for many Laredoans. Many of these business owners and employees expressed their concerns regarding the construction delays causing a lost of profit for them. However, all this has now been temporarily set aside thanks to the re-opening of Lincoln and Flores street in the downtown area.
Marina de Anda, a local store owner, adds: " We have more people walking by. We have cars parked. They can see our merchandise. They can see our merchandise. They walk into the store which means more sales."
Marina de Anda is one of the local owners who's glad to see all the construction put on hold. She says that with only days of the intersection's re-opening it's already making a positive impact on her store. "I'm grateful that they postponed it because I know that it's something that has to be done. We understand that it just took forever and I'm just grateful that we're going to get the opportunity to do our December sales and that they're going to come back in January. Sometime in January. Which is fine, you know, as long as they keep moving and they don't stall somewhere for months and months. We're thankful that we're gonna get December sales and our street opened."
And with all the holiday shopping getting off to a great start this weekend, Marina does add that it has helped her business in sales. Higher amounts of traffic flows and people moving through the newly re-opened intersection are said to be a sure help in recuperating loss of profits for the streets' businesses.
City officials say the construction will continue beginning January 19th.