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Jul 14, 2017 at 7:32 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - Restaurants and bars along 5th Avenue South are adapting to life in a construction zone, as a major road project ramps up just outside their front doors.

Ray Herrington, Co-owner of 7 West TapHouse, says despite the road being torn up, it's really not that hard to access the businesses.

"They've done a really good job marking the walkways, so there's a lot of orange fencing you can follow, there's a lot of rubber mats you can walk on and there's actually still a little bit of sidewalk in front of the stores down there."

On with KNSI's Ox in the Afternoon, Herrington says the headaches now will be well worth it when the project is completed.

"There's gonna be a little more sidewalk dining, between 7 West, The Veranda and DB's there will be a good slice of cement."

He says businesses in the area are all in this together.

"We're trying to get the adults back downtown, and clean it up and have venues available for a more discerning crowd."

A few people we spoke with walking in the area said, while the project is loud and dusty at times, it hasn't really stopped them from going to their favorite bars and restaurants.

The project, which began June 26, involves $1.67-million worth of street, curb and lighting improvements, including new amenities like colored textured concrete, decorative crosswalks and decorative lighting.

The project is slated to be finished by the middle of September.

 

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