Lowville Businesses Voice Concerns About Road WorkPosted: Updated:
Jeffrey Buckingham has owned and operated Interior Outfitters furniture store in Lowville for 23 years. His shop is located in the heart of the village.
Coming up this summer, constructors will dig ground on his road, Shady Avenue, and four other major roads in the village - Park Avenue, Trinity Avenue, Water Street and Stowe Street.
"There's a lot of people that will just avoid coming through here altogether." said Buckingham.
Losing business is one of Buckingham's concerns.
Over at the Lowville Food Pantry on Trinity Ave, director Dan Taylor is also worried that his patrons won't be able to access the pantry.
"Whether or not people will be able to get here, as well as our property next door, that's where we usually hold our fund-raisers, our auctions, garage sales and other things," said Taylor.
The roads will be torn up to make corrections to the water system in the village.
As for Buckingham, he says this kind of project has already been done a few years back.
"You deal with it as it goes. I mean, it's probably a necessary evil, but it never is fun," he said.
Mayor Donna Smith says contractor bids will open Wednesday. She also says the project is in the preliminary stages and there will be a public informational session in the near future.