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Denton businesses suffer from construction

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By: Hannah Paczkowski

Many of the businesses in Denton are empty and some owners say a construction project is to blame.

"Our sales have gone down 50% and for my partner here, Tom Wooster, his car dealership, we had not sold a car in over 3 months, so what he actually ended up doing was auctioning off all his vehicles and he's not buying anymore for his car dealership here until Denton Roads open," Nebraska Nail Academy owner Karla Gibbs said.

A three mile stretch of West Denton Road has been closed since March, but it's a big project.

The Lancaster County Engineering Department says it basically consists of rebuilding the entire road from the ground up, making it wider, adding shoulders and putting in new culverts.

Which means it takes time.

Bridge engineer Virgil Dearmont said in an official statement: "I'm sorry for the inconvenience. For the working day contract, my best prediction is the 20th of September as of today."

But with the threat of rain delays, and income already declining, some business owners are worried about losing business during their busiest season.

"I'm sure it will be down, I'm sure it will be, mid–September is about hunting season, so we need it to be open by then," Deb Moreno said.

But until then, businesses are in need of some more traffic.

"Oh it hurts, it hurts, we opened the Nebraska Nail Academy three months ago. We haven't seen any need to do any advertising because nobody wants to come out here right now," Gibbs said.

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