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Businesses Brace for Roadwork Near Galleria

Businesses Brace for Roadwork Near Galleria

A major traffic headache is underway for drivers who use San Felipe near the Galleria.  Workers on Monday shut down the road just inside the 610 Loop at the railroad tracks.

"We're taking out the bridge to change the storm sewer system underneath, going from an open ditch to an enclosed storm system, and then we'll replace the road after that," says project foreman Daniel Lee.  "We'll try to do it as quickly as possible."

Nearby business owners are not happy.

"I've been open for six-and-a-half months, I know this is for growth of the area, but they could have planned this a little better than what they're doing," says Peter Bellows.  "They could have just shut down one side of the road like they did on Westheimer, everybody would've been happy."

"A lot of my customers are saying they're going to lose access to the center, obviously that's a loss of business," says Nizar Momin.  "Mid Lane is so small of a street, and they're not going to go through this because it will be pretty bad traffic."

Project leaders say both businesses and drivers have been warned the work was coming.

"Signs have been up for over two weeks along all the areas and freeway, going out several miles giving them notice," says Lee.

The project could take up to two weeks, so drivers are urged to use Westheimer, Memorial, Richmond or Kirby instead.

 

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