Construction to start soon near Westgate shopping center

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) - Area businesses have a big obstacle coming their way. A major business hub will see a lot of construction.

Construction will start on Central Avenue and Secor Road, right near the Westgate shopping center. However, it is not just businesses at that shopping center alone, businesses everywhere will have to adjust to orange cone season.

"One of the things we have to do in our business is have great time management. We have a lot of appointments and we meet with clients throughout the entire day. So we want to make sure that we are on time," said Abby Lewis with Mass Mutual Financial Group.

Lewis was just one of several people hoping to learn more about construction in the area.

"If we're late, obviously that doesn't make a good reflection on our clients. So we're going to make sure we're on time, know what's going on with the community, and be aware of it," explained Lewis.

The Toledo Area Small Business Association hosted a luncheon to speak with businesses about how to deal with construction.

"People will say that they've lost business, that their business has declined due to construction, so that's a tough thing. That's the last thing we want to happen, but sometimes it is a reality," said Toledo Commissioner of Engineering Services, Robin Whitney.

Areas like Sylvania Avenue and Monroe Street have already seen construction slow down business. Central and Secor will soon see orange cones too.

Officials said they are doing what they can to keep traffic flowing to businesses.

"We tried to maintain traffic and access to the businesses as the work is occurring. Also, we try to minimize the duration of the work," said Warren Henry, transportation vice president for TASBA.

Officials advised businesses to be proactive and communicate with customers about upcoming construction, as well as road crews about deliveries.

Plus, businesses can ask for additional signage to let people know they are still open.

"It's sometimes painful, and what we try to do is make it as least painful as possible," said Whitney.

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