Traffic woes appear to be ending soon

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Since February 2012, Weatherford businesses along South Main Street have dealt with keeping their businesses going despite the traffic caused by construction.

But by Thanksgiving, those traffic woes may finally be over as the work nears completion.

“We’re very close to being complete,” said Terry Hughes, director of transportation and public works.

In the next week to two weeks, the traffic will be divided to their respective sides instead of having both northbound and southbound lanes on one side. At that point, work on the median can be done including putting in grass.

Then, only the installation of and activating the traffic signals and striping the lanes will remain.

The project was first scheduled to be completed in September, but the city extended that contract 60 days when they decided to add one more traffic signal near the Baptist church.

But if the weather holds, Hughes believes the project will be completed before that deadline and before the holidays begin.

“Another 30 days and we plan on having it done and functioning,” Hughes said.

With the construction cones finally cleared and all lanes open once more, it will be much easier on businesses and their customers.

“There are some impacts on them with some inconveniences,” Hughes said of the businesses during construction. “But for the most part, everybody has found a way to work around it to keep everybody opening and functioning.”

Hughes met with business owners monthly early in the project to ask them what could be done to make it easier for them, such as adding signs or moving them.

“We’re as excited about getting it done as anybody,” Hughes said. “Hopefully, the weather will hold and everything will roll along on schedule.”

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