While the morning drive from Dieppe to downtown Moncton took more than an hour for some on Monday morning, due to construction on Main Street, local businesses say they’ve been feeling the strain all summer.
“It’s just construction after construction and now I’m told it could last up to November, December — it’s just been very hard on the business,” said Monique Poitras, owner of Natural Smiles teeth whitening services.
Empty restaurant terraces at lunch and several empty parking spaces on Main St. indicate businesses are being affected by people choosing to eat away from the downtown core.
To alleviate some of the traffic congestion caused by the construction on Main St., the city has re-evaluated its traffic detour.
“After significant traffic delays during the morning commute into downtown Moncton, a revised detour will be implemented,” read a statement from Andre Cormier, a communications officer with the City of Moncton.
The new plan, starting Tuesday and in place til Friday:
Main Street, between King Street and Assomption Boulevard will have two lanes of traffic between the hours of 7 a.m and 9 a.m.
After 9 a.m., traffic coming from Dieppe will be detoured onto King Street until 7 a.m.
Any traffic needing to access parking lots between King and Steadman Streets via Main Street will be directed accordingly.
The city apologized for any inconvenience the detours and closures may cause commuters.