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Construction Continues on Williston Downtown Project

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The Williston downtown project is in full swing with construction starting near The Salvation Army. Businesses are still open in this area, but the question is how has the construction affected them.

The downtown construction started about two weeks ago.

“They're working on replacing the water and sewer lines from Front St. down to the 2nd St. intersection right now.” says Rachel Ressler, who is the staff planner for Williston. “Then, they'll work on putting some fire lines into some buildings. And then we'll get started with the actual street construction.”

With part of main street closed, businesses in the area have had to adjust. Only one business won't be open during the project, but it's not because of the construction.

“We've seen a whole different crowd of people,” says Dr. Loye Aston, who is the owner of Hedderich's. “It's been interesting for us. Sales not so good, but when this is over with hopefully it will be returned to normal and probably even be quite a little better.”

“We have regular clients that are willing to walk through this dirt to come and see us, but you know definitely the retail has kind of dropped down a little bit because there's not a lot of people walking in and out. There's definitely not 50 cars peeling out up and down this street everyday,” says Steve Hebrance the owner of Shadows of Everest Tattoo.

Many of the owners say the construction is cutting down on foot traffic, which has slowed down business. The city is trying to help by letting people know these businesses are still open.

 Some of the owners are also worried about how the next phase of construction will affect their businesses.

Ressler added there will be a meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Williston Library for anybody who has questions related to the downtown parking.


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