- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Fairbanks business owners along a summer-long street reconstruction project say they’re scrambling to make up for lost profits.

Trish Reagan tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1mV4YwF) that dinner receipts at her German restaurant on south Cushman Street used to exceed $2,000 on Friday and Saturday nights and now it’s lucky to see $300.

She closed during lunch hours many days because few people were showing up.

At Hometown Restaurant, co-owner Meme Kim says her weeklong family vacation was canceled to make up for lost profits.

For most of the summer, only northbound traffic was allowed on south Cushman Street.

Department of Transportation spokeswoman Betsy Hess says it’s a complex project that improves underground utilities, drainage, sidewalks, curbs, gutters and the road surface.

Signs, signals and sidewalks remain to be completed.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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