Construction Causes Headaches For Aurora Business

(CBS) — When a major construction project began on Route 59 in Aurora, Kristin McNabb was already getting calls from her students.

“I had girls calling frustrated crying, asking for their money back because they can’t spend three hours getting to their exercise class.”

As owner of Tease Dance and Fitness in Meridian Parkway Business Complex, she says the only way her clients can get to her studio is off Liberty and that has been closed. Route 59 is down to one lane and commute times have quadrupled. She says she’s asking the city not to close off all throughways at the same time.

Construction Causes Headaches For Aurora Business

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“There are very frustrated like me, employees can’t get to work on time and they are losing business too,” said McNabb.

McNabb says since construction began she’s lost 100 students, which accounts for 25 percent of her business and she could be forced to close down by the end of the summer. Aurora city officials say the project is not theirs, It’s being handled by the Illinois Department of Transportation and DuPage County. The project isn’t expected to be completed until next summer.

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