Scottsdale road closures wrapping up

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - A small Scottsdale construction project with a big impact is about to come to an end.

Scottsdale construction managers said they have started paving work and should be finished with a flood control project on 5th Avenue by September 7.

Work began on the project in July. Since then business owners like Sandy Daiza said they've seen a 40 percent drop in business.

"Our business tremendously depends on tourists and when you have construction the tourists don't come down here," said Daiza.

To try and make up for the drop in customer traffic shops in the surrounding area have either started offering steep discounts, reduced hours, or closed for the summer all together.

"It's crushed a lot of the business around here. Thankfully we are right on the corner and we still get some traffic, but with the lack of parking most people just drive right past us," said Original Chop Shop Co. manager Robert Weisz.

Scottsdale project managers said the construction project had to be done to improve drainage and reduce flooding in the area.

The project was delayed until this summer to give businesses more time to adjust.

Officials said the project was prolonged by extended rain but will still finish ahead of schedule.

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