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Merrill construction impacts Businesses

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by Brittany Earl

MERRILL(WAOW)--The busiest intersection in the city of Merrill has been closed for months and it's affecting nearby businesses.

Five months ago the Department of Transportation closed down the intersection on Highway 64 for construction and the owner of the store is feeling the pinch.

Raj Bhandari, Store Owner of Center City Convenience says, "I'm suffering cause of this construction and no one is here to help me out."

Bhandari says, business has been down 50% since June but in the last two weeks he's lost more than 80% of his business. That's because of a new round-about being built directly outside his store, blocking off both entrances and leaving only an alley way to enter.

Angela, Merrill resident says, "A lot of people don't come here cause of the re-routing, they have to go somewhere else. We did have to go around a couple blocks to come in here."

Bhandari says, at one time he was even thinking about closing the business down but instead he cut hours and stays open to keep the business he has. He says he's afraid if he closes people wont return when the store reopens.

Bhandari says, he feels the Department of Transportation should have to change their laws, forcing them to give some type of compensation. "Not just crucify those small businesses in the name of construction," said Bhandari.

Bhandari told Newsline 9, construction is supposed to be finished sometime in November but because of the weather he says workers are four weeks behind schedule.

Online Reporter: Brittany Earl

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