MASON CITY, Iowa - Summer is also referred to as construction season where we live. While projects aim to bring improvements to our infrastructure, they can also cause quite the headache for travelers and business.
The frustration is easily seen along Highway 122 which runs east to west through Mason City. The project is a few months in and business owners and drivers are starting to feel the impacts.
“I just got off the phone with another guy who called and was like how do you get to your place?”
Curt Clausen is the sales manager for Mason City Honda. He says one of their biggest hits comes from not being able to display their lawn mowers near the highway. Not to mention, getting to their store can be a little tricky but Clausen says a quick phone call usually solves that problem.
“We're a destination, not a convenience store. People are going to come here and they are going to find us. They will come either way because they want to go to the Honda store. As far as traffic slowed down it hasn't too much,” says Clausen.
Real Deals on Home Décor is located along the route. They tell KIMT they have seen a drop in customers and in turn, sales. The good news is crews have now moved further down the road, opening up their driveways.
As far as driving around the construction, police say there have been several accidents in the last couple weeks because of the road work. On Monday they responded to a four car accident with injuries. Police say they are also becoming accustomed to hearing about traffic backups and congestion during busy travel times.
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