RICHLAND, Wash. - The George Washington Way/Jadwin project will be delayed up to three weeks and local businesses are not happy about it.
The city blames the delays on the fact that they need to replace 500 feet of leaking gas lines and said it has taken longer than they thought it would to install water lines.
After it the section of the project is completed, there will be two lanes of traffic open in both directions. Business owners along George Washington Way said all the construction has really affected their sales and made the area very crowded.
Piper Strand owns Amici's restaurant. She said, "I noticed some other businesses across they way and they're getting people detoured through their own businesses. Even though they have signs up. It's a mess the whole area is a mess."
Business owners also report that their customers tell them that they try to avoid Richland because of all the traffic.
One storeowner said sales were down 54 percent for the month of August.