work along Route 271 from Johnson Street to the borough line and beyond continues
to frustrate area residents and especially the businesses along that stretch of
road. A 15-minute trip to Foodland can take an hour or more with much of the time
spent waiting for the flag person to flash the go sign. A visit to the C&G or
AmeriServ Banks can take a good part of an hour. Even going to Co Go for gas or
a sub can take more time than expected. Even the simplest jaunt around town has
to work around the construction delays. And to make matters worse, the many cross
cuts into the pavement are making the road surface rough and even hazardous. In
order to alleviate some of the daytime problems and to hurry the job along, the
road crew did work four shifts from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. this week.
asked about the impact on business, a C&G teller shrugged her shoulders and said,
"It comes in waves." She went on to explain that they have very busy times when
the traffic is allowed to move. Then when traffic is stopped, there are long periods
of time when no one comes into the bank. Dee Lanzendorfer, owner/operator of Dee's
Twist and Curl, says that her business is off some but hasn't been affected too
badly so far. She stated that her regular customers are keeping their appointments;
however, they do call ahead to be sure they can get through. She is very concerned
about the effect the construction will have on her business in August, her busiest
month of the year.
A noontime visit to
the Betty Jane Laundromat and adjoining 6 Pack to Go found the enterprises as
busy as usual. In fact, the 6 Pack To Go had extra business with construction
workers stopping in for lunch.