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South Street closed again

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By: Sabrina Ahmed 

For some it may seem like déjà vu.  A section of South Street is closed again, but only for a few more days.

"My business has tanked this week so far absolutely, it is definitely hurting business," business owner Linda Barna said.

Barna's store, Curio Collective, opened a little more than a year ago. Just as South Street was closing the first time.

She said she and her husband struggled through the construction, and when the street opened, they thought things would get better.

"We just thought, well, once the holidays hit, we'll make up for this loss.  We'll make up for this loss.  And then last week I look out and see a road closing sign and my heart sank," Barna said.

The road is closed this week for some maintenance of aging electrical cables underground.  It's a project that's been in the works for a few years. This is just one of the many sites to be torn apart.

The project manager, Ken Rittgarn, says the project's winding down now, but they understand it's been hard on businesses.

"I know the people down there are stressed and strained with all the south street work that's been taking place the last couple of years, but hopefully we aren't gonna be too painful to them," Rittgarn said.

He said it will all be done by Saturday morning, just in time for game day traffic.

Andrew Fuller, who is opening a restaurant in the area called "Henry's on South" says he's glad the street will be clear in time for his open house on Saturday.

"I just really hope that it's open in the time that they said it was gonna be open—which is Friday or Saturday," Fuller said.

Again, this street will be open either Friday or Saturday morning.

The next location is 21st and "N" in the next two weeks, then 30th and "A" and 17th and Holdredge.

LES says, without these small projects, the damage could end up being huge.

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