Businesses upset over Steinwehr Ave. road work

Written by Megan Lello, witf Reporter and Producer | Jun 12, 2011 2:54 PM

(Gettysburg) -- A construction project that coincides with this week's Gettysburg Festival is aggravating some business owners in the borough. Crews have been working to improve traffic flow and upgrade sidewalks on Steinwehr Avenue, which is home to many popular tourist gift shops and restaurants, all last week. But construction was only scheduled to take place overnight. Scott Hunt, owner of Hunt's Battlefield Fries and Cafe, says the road closure has kept customers away from his business. "I had a couple call, and they couldn't find us," he says. "They were driving along Steinwehr Avenue. I said, We're in the section where the road is closed.' They said, We can't get there so we won't come by.'" Hunt says he lost up to $4,000 in sales last week. Charles Tarbox, of Tarbox Toy Soldiers, says the construction work is inconvenient in another way for his business. "There are days that, when I look out the window, I can't see across the street because they're sawing bricks," he says. "There are some of the other contractors who are coming in and sawing things, spraying water, and there's no dust." Construction is set to end by June 30th, just ahead of one of the busiest times of year for businesses in the borough: the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

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