Are Hwy 101 improvements killing local business?

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- If you have driven up or down highway 101 in the north bend/coos bay area within the last year, you've undoubtedly seen some of the orange traffic cones in the area.

Some business owners say the improvements to the road are actually damaging local businesses.

Lori Tanner is a local business owner, and she says the construction has affected her shop. "There were days when nobody would come in, literally, and I'd never had that in the seven years earlier," she said.

The Oregon Department of Transportation says they are working to reduce the impacts on local businesses. "We've got a lot of local businesses there, that there was construction last year and there's still construction going on," said Dan Latham, from ODOT public affairs. "We're working with them to try and keep those impacts to a minimum."

Some business owners say they are still feeling the effects of the construction from last summer. "They don't realize that it's still affecting us, I mean, people thought I was closed for a month and a half," said Tanner.

This summer, ODOT plans to schedule all of the paving work at night, in the hopes that the impact will be less severe for business.

Despite the later construction times, some shop owners told KCBY News they are still nervous about the upcoming summer.

Many of them said that one more bad season for them could put them out of business for good.