LUBBOCK, TX-- Marci Valdez takes pride in keeping her store organized. She likes to make it easy for customers to select what they want. But Valdez is worried sand bags and orange cones that are now set up in front of Pennyrich Bras and Lingerie will turn customers away.
"People might be hesitant to come through 34th all together," said Valdez, Pennyrich store manager.
Traffic was reduced to one lane on 34th Street Wednesday morning, as construction crews began phase one of their project--rebuilding the intersection at 34th and Quaker.
"It is going to hinder people coming in," said Valdez. "I've seen other business go through the construction."
Tom & Bingo's has been serving customers BBQ on 34th street since the 50's.
Owner Dwayne Clanton said he is relieved the construction in front of his store is complete.
Crews were working for two years on that 34th Street project between Indiana and University.
"In the beginning it effected a little bit," said Clanton.
Although he lost some business, Clanton said the makeover will eventually help the area bring in more customers.
"Be patient because it's worth it," said Clanton. "The street is beautiful since they've done it you can drive down it, it's smooth, and traffic flows much better.
"I'm thinking more positive ways," said Valdez. "We got to go forward. We can't stay in the past so it's all good."
Phase one at the intersection of Quaker and 34th will take about 6 months to complete.
The other two phases are expected to be complete by this fall in which 34th from Quaker to Indiana will be repaved.
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