BG business owners worry about construction's effect

Poe Road in Bowling Green will be shut down for the state Route 25 widening project starting Tuesday.
Poe Road in Bowling Green will be shut down for the state Route 25 widening project starting Tuesday.

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) - Drivers in Bowling Green will see detours starting Tuesday. As part of the state Route 25 widening project, the Ohio Department of Transportation is shutting down both directions of Poe Road between Main Street and Grove Street.

That section of Bowling Green is already full of orange cones and partial road closures, but business owners said shutting down Poe Road is going to hurt them even more than the already-existing construction.

ODOT officials said it does not have a choice.

Rod Kirian's business is right off Poe Road. He said he is worried about customers being able to find him once the road is shut down, especially with all the surrounding construction.

"It's been kinda tough, especially with the economy, it doesn't make it easier when you can't get to a person. I guess we're going to have to get used to it for the next year," said Kirian, owner of Radical Rod's BG Motorcycle Accessories.

ODOT officials said that section of the road will be closed through mid-July.

Business owners said they will do whatever it takes to keep their customers during that time.

"If you stand out in the street and yell, 'Radical Rod, come get me!' I will come and get you. We need your business and we would really appreciate if you tried just a little harder to get here," said Kirian.

ODOT workers discovered their project required moving water lines on Poe.

"Just like any project that you have at home, once you get underneath the surface, you realize that there are more issues than what you originally had planned for. So in order for us to expedite this project, we're going to completely close that area," explained Theresa Pollick, ODOT public information officer.

Pollick said shutting down the road helps businesses in the long run. She said keeping it open would slow down the project, making it difficult to open for events like the county fair.

"It's one of those things that, although at the time can be an issue, once it's done, it's going to greatly improve this area, make things safer and more efficiently to get around, which is going to have an even bigger drive once it's complete," said Pollick.

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