The construction of a new underground storm sewer in the city of Minot is affecting local businesses.
It’s all a part of phase two and three of the flood protection project.
“It’s a large 54 inch storm sewer line that has to go in to take care of the rain water on the back side of the flood protection so people don’t get flooded out from that,” said director of Souris River Joint Board.
Jonasson adds that this project is a key component for flood protection.
“It’s going to take about two or three weeks to get through there right now tentatively that’s a contractors schedule,” said Jonasson.
The process will require workers laborers to work around many utilities, and in the end these large concrete pipe pieces will be underground.
But during that time a portion of 2nd Avenue will be closed, and businesses are already seeing negative effects.
“We are definitely feeling a hit from the construction, sales have gone down we had to reduce our store hours to be able to combat that decline in sales,” said manager at Kimberly Jackson Classic Rock Coffee.
They’ve even had to cut back on employee hours because business is slow.
“It inconveniences us for sure, but we’re going to do what we can to stay open”.
Nathalie Stand Reporting: “There’s a total of nine businesses who will all feel the effects of the road construction happening on second avenue. Loyal customers will still be able to find them it’ll just take a few minutes longer”.
“We’re doing a lot of signage just to remind people like hey we’re still open here, we do a lot of social media with routes to get around 16th,” said Jackson.
Other businesses like Lor Spa are doing the same thing, and they hope the construction doesn’t go longer than anticipated.
The best way to get to them and other businesses is to follow the detour on 2nd Avenue and 6th Street.