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Huge construction project expected to snarl traffic

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A huge road project is expected to begin on Hamilton Street in Saginaw in just a few weeks and that has business owners in the area concerned.

The road will be dug up and the sidewalks will be removed, but businesses will remain open and some wonder if the customers will still come.

Edward and Lori Laponsie don't live in Saginaw, but they come to the area often to meet friends for dinner or see a comedy show.

But when construction starts next month they might choose to go somewhere else.

On April 21, Hamilton Street in Saginaw is set to undergo a million dollar construction project.

Hamilton will be closed from Court Street to M-46 for three months.

Currently, when travelers come to old town, they're able to park on Hamilton Street. But once the project begins, it won't be so easy to get to shops or restaurants and that has some business owners concerned.

"I'm worried about it. We're going to put stuff on our website and Facebook on how to get to the store without too much trouble," says Denny Whalen, owner of the Stable.

City workers who will be leading the project met with old town business owners to help them prepare for what's expected to be a challenging season.

Business owners expect the hassle will be well worth it once the project is complete. They just hope that customers understand.  

The Hamilton Street project is expected to be complete July 25. While some may stay away while the work is being done, leaders of the project say once complete, they hope the updates will help draw more people in.

There will be a public open house to discuss this project Thursday night from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Saginaw City Hall.

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