Local Major Roadway Gets More Construction 10-04-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Local Major Roadway Gets More Construction 10-04-2010

A fresh round of road construction in Bay City is causing some headaches for commuters using Wilder Road.
A two-and-a-half mile stretch of the road will be reduced from five lanes to two for some much-needed upgrades. Construction has gotten under way from Euclid to Patterson, affecting the three center lanes.
Longtime Bay City resident Greg Curtis said it's been a nightmare trying to get in and out of his neighborhood due to the Wilder Road construction.
"I didn't know where I was supposed to be, the cones made no sense. It's a mess," said Curtis. "I'm stuck in traffic [for about] a half hour [to] forty five minutes during rush hour. I have to spend the extra gas to take the side roads to stay off Wilder. It's tough doing business on Wilder."
That's what has Mike Knox concerned. Knox just bought a convenience store three months ago that's now in the middle of the Wilder Road project.
"It's created a lot of detours," said Knox. "People [are] going elsewhere, away from us."
"You have to sell a lot of Slurpees and coffee to keep the doors open," said TV5 reporter Jay Brandow.
"I'm hoping the regulars keep coming. It'll be slow but I think we can hold on," replied Knox.
Long time business owners have been through road construction in the area before.
Just last year, it took crews months to finish work on the Independence Bridge near Wilder.
"We have a loyal clientele," said business owner Ann Rivard. "We'll just give them extra time to make their appointments."
Leaders at the Bay County Road commission said most of the $500,000 project is being paid for with stimulus money.
And they decided to do the entire project now instead of inconveniencing drivers twice in a calendar year.
The project is expected to be wrapped up in early November.
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