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Kemp Road Work Woes Continue

The Kemp construction project is scheduled to enter the next phase Saturday.
Since mid August, road crews have been working on upgrading the drainage system along Kemp Boulevard.

Since the project started, several businesses in the area said foot traffic through their doors has dropped off.

"It was kind of in a busy time, the busy peak of Fall and it kind of took [our foot traffic] down," said Karl Booher, the Manager of Auto Zone, "but we're doing okay, we're doing okay. It's not as bad as I would have thought."

While it may not be too bad for folks in the car parts business, just down the road at Bahama Bucks, store owner Shawn Butler said the construction project brought her near record breaking Summer to a screeching halt.

"From the very beginning, we saw a huge decline in our business," said Butler, "and it really has taken a huge economic impact on the business. I haven't really been able to help out in the community like I like to with the schools in the Fall. I've had to let quite a few employees go. I understand it's necessary, but I'm glad it's almost over."

According to City officials, beginning Saturday, residents should be prepared for two of the south-bound lanes of Kemp Boulevard to be closed.

City officials said the north bound lanes should re-open, and the entire project is scheduled to be complete within the next three weeks.
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