Road open for weekend

Published 9:20 pm Friday, January 17, 2014

The 100 block of West Washington Street will be open during the long holiday weekend after business owners in the area pleaded for a hiatus from the utility work.

With income down significantly, Randy Withers of C3Vino was looking forward to having the street open again. Even though the businesses have been open, traffic has been down, he said.

The closure began Monday and was set to run straight through to Jan. 31. However, workers patched up holes and reopened the road.

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The work is needed to make water and sewer connections to the Monument Construction lofts project. While the road has to be closed anyway, city crews also are examining sewer infrastructure serving the opposite side of the street.

Withers said the city’s Economic Development Department had communicated well about the closures. The city purchased an advertisement on the Suffolk News-Herald website at the rate of $280 a month to announce that the businesses are still open.

Andy Damiani, who owns buildings housing several small businesses on the block, also said the city did a good job of coordinating.

“I was concerned about the sidewalks maybe being dirty, but they kept them clean and washed them down,” Damiani said. “It’s just difficult. They gave us three or four days’ reprieve.”

Damiani said the work is to be expected, however, with the age of the utility system in the historic downtown area.

“The lines are old,” he said. “You expect certain things, and you have to live with it.”