Cerrillos Road construction: A delay proves dear

From the Santa Fe New Mexican.com - by Bob Quick - Road work on Cerrillos Road that tied up traffic for months led to large losses in sales for many businesses along the route. Some business owners said they were forced to lay off workers because sales fell so much. In addition to that, the project is not completely done — workers will return in the spring to complete "some time-sensitive work," said Joyce Bond, city public information officer. Bond said a gas-line relocation was mainly responsible for the delay in the project. As for the possibility of fines for the contractor for not finishing on time, "city staff is currently discussing ... contractual issues with AUI Inc., the contractor on the project," Bond said. "To date, a final outcome has yet to be determined." One of those Cerrillos Road businesses that lost money was Tortilla Flats, a Northern New Mexican restaurant owned by restaurateur Dean Alexis. "The work on Cerrillos Road led to a great deal of avoidance" by customers, he said. "It also tied up traffic for 10 plus minutes." Alexis said losses for his business amounted to "easily 10 percent of sales" for the six months it took to complete the construction work in front of his restaurant. The effect of the work wasn't limited to Cerrillos Road, as drivers took to residential streets to avoid the other main thoroughfares that were especially busy during the construction, Alexis said. Read more


Dylanarman said...

The loss of his business was "just 10 percent of sales" for six months, in order to complete the works in front of his restaurant.

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