by Anayeli Ruiz
BIG SPRING - A huge sigh of relief for Big Spring business owners as the work along Gregg Street is finally coming to an end.
For almost a year, drivers and businesses have been dealing with the construction mess and now they can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
There is still some touch-up work and painting to do. But after dealing with lane closures and construction for ten months, business owners NewsWest 9 talked to say they're happy the worst is over.
"A lot of people are not happy, but I was ready to see it fixed because it needed repairs. It (the construction) did interrupt the commerce on the street," Bill Spiller, President of American State Bank in Big Spring, said.
The repairs done to Gregg Street from 4th Street all the way to FM 700 caused many to lose some of their business.
"We lost as much as 40 percent of sales compared to a year before. When you lose profit you lose employees," Big Spring Sonic Owner, Mike Abusaab said.
Most people just wanted to avoid all the construction mess and they wouldn't even drive down the street, but now that construction is coming to an end, things are slowly getting back to normal.
"Yes, you can tell there is more traffic in street. We have more cars coming to our business, some people still think construction is not finished yet and also some have new habits and started going elsewhere," Abussab said.
Although it was a tough price to pay for progress, almost all businesses NewsWest 9 spoke to say they are happy that things are returning to normal.
"I'm excited. It looks smooth as glass, they did a tremendous job. All businesses benefit, I think, it's very positive for our city," Lonnie Newton with BBA Compass, said.