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Some Sioux City downtown businesses struggle with reconstruction projects

Pierce Street reconstruction in Phase 3

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Several business owners in downtown Sioux City are feeling the effects of a new reconstruction project that has shut down portions of Pierce street. That means less traffic and often times less business for storefronts along this busy downtown street. 

Cesar Vacuus owns the Campestre Mexican Restaurant on Pierce street, one of the many local businesses that are being affected by the reconstruction project in the area.

"They put signs up on the east of the building that said it's closed," said Vacuus. 

Road closure signs surround the front entrance to his restaurant, making it look like it's closed. The construction project is going on right in front of the doorway into his restaurant.

"It's affecting me financially because if we don't have sales, the people don't come in to eat or come into the restaurant," said Vacuus. 

Christine McAvoy works at the Sioux City Gift Shop just down the road from Campestre restaurant. She's said she's witnessed traffic in businesses slow down with the recent road work.

"The immediate reactions we saw with that were very few cars and very few people venturing in. A lot of the people on this particular block are places people visit on a daily basis. The coffee shop, the dry cleaners, the salon," said McAvoy. 

Gordon Phair, the Sioux City engineer, explained this is just the beginning. The project is a 5 phase reconstruction project to improve old infrastructure on Pierce street from 18th street to 24th street. 

"It included all new pavements. All new storm drains, all new sanitary sewers, and all new water mains," said Phair. 

While the construction in front Vacuus's restaurant is expected to wrap up in an about month, crews will move on to another location, which could impact other local businesses in downtown Sioux City. 

"Be patient with all of our construction going on. We have just as much of a problem getting home and getting to the store like everybody else but we are going to make this better," said Phair. 

The Pierce street reconstruction project is expected to be finished in the Summer of 2020 but those dates are subject to change


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