Watch: Canton Copes As Construction Progresses
In Canton, Main Street ain't what it used to be.
The state Department of Transportation is carrying out an ambitious re-build of the street, from the sewers up. It won't be all done until next year.
That means Main Street is torn up this summer, something people who work on the street worried about before construction started.
So how's it going?
Business owners like Erin Alguire - who runs a bridal and dress shop - said they have seen a slight downturn in customer traffic. But she's coping.
"It's had a slight impact, but we've been incredibly lucky, being that we're a destination location," Alguire said. "Seems the bridges know we're here."
Other business owners, like Marilyn Mintener, have put up signs telling people to enter through rear entrances, off Main Street. Mintener is concerned about when work will be completed, and what will happen later this year.
"I think it will be wonderful when it's finished," she said. I think if they're out of here in November, we're all in a lot of trouble."
One observation from 7 News reporter John Friot: even though construction crews have taken pains to set up a detour around downtown, many motorists are still choosing to brave the signle lane traffic of Main Street downtown.
Some merchants we spoke with told us they feel the village should designate parking spaces in two municipal parking lots behind Main Street stores exclusively for customers.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, Watertown, NY
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