Local Businesses Struggle with Roadwork

By: Bethany Anderson Email
By: Bethany Anderson Email

(Dothan,AL)—Houston County Commissioners approved construction to four-lane Brannon Stand Road and Fortner street just a few weeks ago. The roadwork is supposed to help prepare the area for future growth, but for now, business owners are concerned.

“We knew it was going to be bad, but we didn’t know to what extent, “ Cup of Grace Employee Whitney Holloway said. “ We want progress for this area, but right now it is taking a toll,” she said.

The construction is estimated to take more than a year to complete and continue to create detours during that time. Meanwhile, many storeowners say they’re already starting to see a slow-down in business, and hope it doesn’t get any worse.

“We know it will be better for everyone in the end, but right now, it’s tough to deal with,” BBQ Shack Owner Jackson Whaley said. “We are doing okay business wise, but we have seen some-what of a slower period in business,” he said.

Houston County doesn’t have any laws about “cutting corners,” while driving, however, business owners are asking drivers to be respectful while passing through the area.

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