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Businesses are starting to feel effects of Grand Avenue construction in Wausau

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It's only the second week of construction on Grand Avenue, but people are already frustrated.

"It's a devil to get through here," said Wayne Jensen of Ringle.

Local businesses are also complaining.

"That's going to be some long months of construction, that's for sure,” said Melissa Butt, the owner of Eagle's Nest restaurant in Wausau.

Eagle's Nest restaurant owners say they're already seeing a slight decline in business because of lane closures.

"A lot of them will honestly turn around and go somewhere else."

Customers say they aren't too happy either.

"Every time you come through that road, especially toward the north, you know it's a hassle," said Jensen.

The Department of Transportation says the $3 million project is overdue.

"We're doing the best we can to accommodate each person or business on the project," said Mike Bohn, the Grand Avenue project leader.

The state says routine meetings are designed to help businesses deal with the construction mess.

"We're doing ongoing meetings during construction every two weeks at our field office,” said Bohn. “So if there's concerns businesses have, they can contact us."

Some businesses are making adjustments because of the construction.

"For us, an alternate route which was down Kent Street and the back way up Ross, and we've had signs up a week before preparing customers for that," said Butt.

Construction will last until mid-October, requiring drivers and businesses to be patient.

"It'll be a long process,” said Butt. “But in the end, it's going to be worth it."

For more information about the Grand Avenue project, click here.

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