- Associated Press - Monday, December 7, 2015

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Some Davenport businesses say they may not survive after extended roadwork limited access to their stores.

The Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1NFP93w ) reports barricades went up Aug. 17 in front of businesses so a roadway could be resurfaced and sanitary and storm sewers could be improved. The road reopened last weekend about a month ahead of schedule.

Brenda and Curtis Spears, who sell new and used furniture and appliances, say they don’t think that their store will be able to bounce back. They say they’ve been using space heaters to keep utility costs down.

Lori Boettcher says customers cannot find her antiques store, and that she’ll decide at the end of the year whether to close for good.

“I have no complaints about how the city’s doing it,” she said. “It definitely has closed down my business. But I’m old, and I don’t mind taking a couple of days off.”

Brenda Spears says the city should compensate her business. According to Davenport Finance Director Brandon Wright, Davenport does not have a formal policy to compensate businesses that are affected by road construction and closures.

Ray Ambrose, alderman of the Davenport’s 4th Ward that includes Harrison, said he would entertain discussion of a business compensation policy, but he would not necessarily support one. He also says the construction project took too long.

“Instead of four months, get it done in two and a half,” Ambrose said. “Do everything possible to help them do their business. Do everything possible to get the project done as quickly as possible.”

Another street is set to go through a $5 million resurfacing project, limiting access to other businesses.


Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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