Local businesses speaking out about construction obstructing their business

POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 4:10pm

The construction underway in the Waco community is ultimately intended to improve the area. However, local businesses are speaking up about the headache it's bringing to their customers and overall business operations.

Detour signs, heavy machinery, and around the clock construction are just some of the costs local businesses are encountering while the new Baylor stadium is being built nearby, off of an already busy Interstate 35.

"It's slowed down business a lot, quite a bit because of the confusion of getting here and just the construction itself," said Buzzard Billy's owner, Tracy Maughan.

For Maughan, the construction projects have moved right into his own backyard.

"It takes time for people to figure out that extra turn or that extra detour direction and get to where they want to be," said Maughan.

Maughan says local patrons make the effort to navigate through the construction zones, while others may avoid the restuaurant altogther for various other reasons.

Meanwhile, across the street, the Texas Ranger Museum says the construction has been cumbersome and somewhat of an eyesore in front of the building.

"I don't know if we would have done as well if we hadn't been here for 20 years. We have a good, solid start and stand here in Waco," said Maughan about his business.

Nevertheless, maunghan is hopeful that the stadium can meet the August 2014 completion date, and hopefully, he can have his driveway again.

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