Canton Merchants Hear About Main Street Construction Impact

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Business owners gathered in Canton Tuesday night to hear how upcoming road work will affect business.

Bill Coakley owns Coakley Carpet One/Ace Hardware. He's worried he could lose customers, but hopes that won't be the case.

"People in Canton do want to shop local and I think they understand that we will all be under duress," Coakley said.

The nearly $10 million project begins in May and will shut down parts of Main Street for 18 months while sidewalks are replaced, and water and sewer systems are updated. 

"It's not like every day that it's going to be one lane," said Canton Department of Public Works Superintendent Brien Hallahan.

"There'll be times it'll be two lanes, there'll be times there'll be three lanes. It'll change depending of the nature of the work that they're doing," he said.

Hallahan says he's heard concerns from some business owners about the construction.  He says the project will affect everyone downtown, but that it will be worth it in the end.

Many business owners agree that while the project may be a hassle, an improved downtown will be worth the inconvenience.

"Ultimately, this is going to be very good for the village," Coakley said. "We just have to get through it."

The message everyone wants to get out is that downtown Canton is open for business.

See our earlier story.

Sunday, December 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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