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Business owners in Cape Girardeau adjust to Broadway construction

They are moving along with construction in downtown Cape Girardeau and haven't had any delays because of Mother Nature. They are moving along with construction in downtown Cape Girardeau and haven't had any delays because of Mother Nature.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

While this month's extremely dry weather is not good for firefighters, it is good for construction workers.

They are moving along with construction in downtown Cape Girardeau and haven't had any delays because of Mother Nature.

Workers said it would take about 21 days to complete each section of the project, but they haven't taken the full time yet.

The construction has forced businesses to adjust a little.

Some business owners are using signs on Themis Street to encourage customers using the detour routes to come in.

Others are focusing more on different areas of service like carry outs only or delivery service.

There isn't a single approach that businesses are sticking to. Everyone is catering to their specific needs.

"For us, it just was not a convenience for the customer to come in the back door," said Bridgett Kielhofner, owner of Philanthropy. "So we wanted to make sure we could get the front side walks done and at least be able to have the front door accessible."

Umpkins, a beauty supply shop, took a different approach and is utilizing its back door.

"A couple days we have to close completely down because we was paying more in overhead and utilities than I was making open," said TaJuan Parish, owner of Umpkins. "The third week we started picking up and people started seeing the signs and calling more and we were able to start letting them come through the rear entry of the business."

The entire project is expected to wrap up in April 2013.

Chief Engineer Casey Brunke said she did not know where the budget stands right now.

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