Summer road construction may affect Pittsburg businesses

Summer road construction may affect Pittsburg businesses
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A busy Pittsburg intersection will undergo some changes over the next couple of months.

20th and Broadway will be under construction, and some of the businesses in the area could feel the impact.

In 1987, Tom Loughmiller set up shop at the 20th and Broadway intersection in Pittsburg.

“It’s a busy, busy corner one of the busiest in town,” said Tom Loughmiller.

Almost 20,000 vehicles pass through the intersection each day, according to the city’s director of public works.

“It’s good for me, people sitting looking at cars. Other than that they get frustrated and they run a red light or yellow light and that’s where the accidents are caused,” Loughmiller said.

Road crews closed the entrances to 20th street at Highway 1-69 on Monday.

Improvements at the intersection have been in the works for years.

“We’ve seen a need for a turning lane there, there’s several problems that create traffic being backed up,” said Pittsburg’s Director of Public Works Bill Beasley.

New traffic signals and an underground sewer system are also on the list. Broadway will remain open during construction, but city officials say you should expect a delay.

Loughmiller believes people will avoid the area during construction but in his eyes the short term pain will be a long term gain.

“It will hurt us for a while during the summer, but i think their picking a good time to do it.” Loughmiller said.

The street project will cost $1.5 million dollars and is expected to take at least five months.

The project is funded through grants from both the federal and state governments. The city will also use bonds to pay for its portion of the bill.

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