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Leslie & Gage Boulevard CLOSED Beginning Monday, November 5th

RICHLAND, Wash.--It's a sea of orange traffic cones and signs on Leslie and Gage Boulevard. Construction crews are already digging into the ground, replacing water mains and installing plastic storm drains.

"I've never seen a project that's taken so long to get done," says Richland resident Lee Lucas. The length of the project seems to just go on and on and on.

This project was scheduled for early 2006, but contractors ran into groundwater issues. Now, small businesses like Great Clips expect to lose 30 to 40% of sales during the week (11-5 to 11-12) the intersection is closed.

"It's very frustrating," says Trina Chandler, General manager of Great Clips. It's very much inconvenient, not only for us that work here, but also for our customers because they have to go out of their way to be able to do their normal routines.

But for INCA's Mexican Restaurant, management is thinking long term.

"Having the streets closed is definitely an impact in our customer count, that's for sure," says Restaurant Manager Ricardo Guadarrama. However, we think that all the initiatives by the city of richland are for the benefit of all of us.

One driver we spoke to agree's.

"It will be nice to have the street back together and have the infrastructure back in place so, it's worth the effort to put up with what we have to put up with for a week or so," admits Ken Turner, Richland resident.