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Marshfield road construction causing store owners headaches

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Nearly $3 million worth of road construction in Marshfield adds up to headaches for drivers and downtown businesses.

The construction has about ten blocks of streets torn up and inaccessible, creating what some are calling a traffic nightmare.

City leaders say the work has to be done. But businesses say they are losing money.

Store owners told Newsline 9 that some shoppers think their stores are closed just because the roads are.

"People think the road is closed so my store is closed, that's not the case," said Nancy Pilz, owner of What Goes Around Comes Around Consignment Shop. She says on some days, not a single customer wanders into the shop because of the construction.

"I'm hoping that it will get done as soon as possible so I can get back on track and get my business up and going again," added Pilz.

Right across the street from her store is the New Life Ink tattoo shop.

Owner Jeffrey Poehls says his business is suffering from the construction as well.

"We've actually had some people just for the inconvenience of not being able to get to the shop itself actually cancel on us," said Poehls.

Poehls adds that the city is getting ready to tear up the sidewalk in front of his shop.He says that's a huge problem for the business because it depends on customer walk-ins

"If they walk down the streets and they don't have a sidewalk well how the heck are they going to get into the shop," Poehls added.

Poehls says the heavy construction machinery rolling by actually causes his shop to shake at times.

"We have a surgical procedure that we deal with, the shaking of the building any ground and pound with the construction going on outside people don't want to put themselves in that risk," said Poehls.

City officials say they know the construction mess is an inconvenience to businesses.

But they add that the work has to be done.

"It's a total reconstruction project beginning from the bottom up, it's an all new sanitary sewer, all new storm sewer, and all new water main," said Brian Panzer, Marshfield Street Superintendent.

City officials say the construction should be done by November.

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