Growing pains in Downtown Roanoke

Growing pains in Downtown Roanoke

ROANOKE, VA. - Road closures in Downtown Roanoke are causing some frustrations for local business. Anna Hill is a server at Billy's Roanoke and with construction right outside, she's seeing fewer people come through their doors. "It probably has decreased our business," said Hill. "Particularly at lunch, just because i don't think people think that we're open."

Everywhere you turn downtown, there seems to be signs that read "detour" or "road closed."
Franklin Road between Jefferson Street and Williamson Road will be closed a few days a week until November 1st. And First Street SW, next to the Appalachian Power building is closed. Also, 10th Street from South of Fairfax Ave to North of Andrews Road is closed until Summer 2018. Hill is just hoping the improvements pay off. "I believe it's all related to the Amtrack that's going to be opening at the end of the month," said Hill. "So, I think it's going to be a good thing for us in the end. But, we'll be happy when we can get our parking back and our customers can get here unimpeded."

 

 


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