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Hot Dog Stand Owner: New Road Configuration Will Hurt Business

Road Work Ahead
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CHICAGO (CBS) — A far west suburban hot dog stand owner has a real beef with the State of Illinois over road construction outside his property.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the Illinois Department of Transportation is putting in a traffic light and dedicated turn lanes at routes 64 and 47 in Lily Lake.

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But Pete Prevenas, owner of Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs and Country Restaurant, says the way the state plans to install curbs, entrances and exits to his business will result in a financial hit.

“Thirty percent of my business is truck traffic, if not more, and these guys won’t be able to get in here,” Prevenas said.

But IDOT spokesman Guy Tridgell said truckers and everyone else should be able to get into Pete’s Famous Hot Dogs with no problem.

“When the project is done, there will be a safer roadway that customers will have a much easier, safer time navigating,” he said.

The $5 million project is expected to be done by mid-November.