Bluff Street businesses still open during construction

ST. GEORGE (News4Utah) - The major Bluff Street road construction continues in St. George and UDOT wants to remind everyone stores and restaurants are open for business.

"Business is going, you know, down," said Kimberly Arana, an employee at Coyote Charro on Bluff Street.

Coyote Charro is a family run business in St. George specializing in street tacos.

"We make them with love, and give good service to our customers," said Arana.

But as demolition work along the west side of Bluff Street continues this week as crews prep for utility installation and roadway widening, businesses aren't shy about saying customers have dwindled.

"The city has heard from a number of business owners stating that business is down from last year, some saying 30, to 40, to even 50% below last year," said Marc Mortensen with the City of St. George.

To help, The City has loosened requirements on signage for all businesses on Bluff Street from 1st south up to 1250 North "The Goal is to try to improve visibility," said Mortensen.

"We want to do our best to make sure we minimize that impact so if it's at all possible, continue to use the businesses in that area," said Utah Department of Transportation Project Manager Chris Hall.

The project is set to be finished in November. "We anticipate it will be a positive thing. We always see an influx after construction because people like to drive through here and say: 'oh wow this is a great new road'," said Hall.

"We have like about 15 employees. So we all need our jobs, and in order to keep our job we need this business ... and we need our customers, because without them, we're nothing, you know?," said Arana.

UDOT officials say the entire cost of the Bluff Street project will cost 51 million dollars. Beyond encouraging people to visit the businesses along Bluff Street, UDOT officials say speed continues to be an issue, and reminds drivers to slow down.

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