A big construction project in Haddam is impacting businesses in the center of town.
Crews are replacing a bridge, and the project won’t wrap up for another two years.
While some business owners can’t wait for the project to be completed, others are glad it started.
“We are getting the, ‘I don't think we are coming to town as often’ or ‘I'm not going to see you until after the construction is over’ and that was a real shocker and we had some real good clientele say that,” said Teri Everett, of Teri’s Package Store.
The store is right where the construction zone is, and Everett said she is losing a lot of business.
“The evenings around 5:30 p.m. we're dead and that's our busy time. Everyone coming home from work grab a bottle of wine, go buy some steak," Everett said.
Some businesses being affected are in the area of routes 154 and 81, also known as Killingworth and Saybrook roads.
The Pizzeria Da Vinci said they have seen an increase in business.
“A lot of those guys come in for slices, for sandwiches even pizzas after they been working there so it's been a nice pick up in business. I don't know what to say about the other businesses in town but I've enjoyed it," said Calvin Platt, of Pizzeria Da Vinci.
The more than $3 million project will have construction crews replacing the bridge for about 20 months. They started after the July 4 holiday.
Detour signs are set up, but the main area is open to traffic. It’s just up to the drivers whether they want to take the route or not.
“We need to let everyone know we are here and still open and have plenty of selection," Everett said.
The bridge being replaced was built in the 1930s.
The area will also remain open for the full length of the project.
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