Firestone Assistant Manager James Dodd says business is up about 20 percent since the reopening. While that sounds good, Dodd says business is down about 40 percent from pre-construction levels.
Adding to Dodd’s frustration is the fact that he doesn’t have a left turn lane into his business, forcing potential customers to have to turn around.
“I really would have liked a turnaround,” Dodd said.
City Director of Capital Transportation Projects Terry Hughes, who has been in the city for 50 years, said there will still be some minor wrap up construction over the next several weeks which could slow things down temporarily.
Construction work on I-20 service roads between Bethel Road and Bowie Drive is expected to begin in January.