Reporting Mike Xirinachs
PORT JEFFERSON STATION, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A two mile stretch of disruption has some Long Island business owners worried about the holidays.
The $33 million road construction project on busy Route 112 through Coram and Port Jefferson Station will take a year to complete, and business owners along the stretch of disruptive roadway were fearful of the impact it’ll have on their business in an already weak economy.
Retailers said the construction was already keeping shoppers away.
“Less people coming in. Business has just dropped,” one variety store manager said. It couldn’t have come at a worse time, given the all important holiday shopping season.
“Yeah we’ll survive it, but it’s definitely hurting us,” he said.
“It’ll be a busier road because you’d be able to travel it better. We’ll make up the profit in the long run, but it’s going to take a while,” one deli owner said.