EDMOND, Okla. — It’s crowded and confusing, and drivers say there are two things you’ve got to have to make it through the the intersection of Broadway and 33rd in Edmond. Patience and a plan.
“For me to get 15th and Broadway, I would loop all the way back to Boulevard and come back around,” Scott Quan, with Express Cellular Repair.
“I had to go to all the back trails just to get to this music store,” said Gwen Smith.
Smith has lived in Edmond for years and says the mess caused by the work here is the worst she’s seen in the city. She says her niece recently had a wreck at this intersection.
“It was was just a chain reaction. She ruined her car from front and back just sitting at the light,” she said.
It’s the sitting …that’s stopping a lot of business at some of the retailers near the construction.
“I’m actually in the red. Taking from other locations just to cover,” said Quan.
He says his business has taken a huge dip since road work started this summer.
“For us, most of the business is for is lunch time or early in the morning. But for people to come here and have lunch, they are in traffic for 20 minutes. When they sit down, it’s time to go,” he said.
A couple of doors down, it’s a different story.
“The foot traffic is down, but I’ve noticed those customers who get in are actually spending more time and spending more money, so it is a good thing,” said Scott Starns, with Edmond Music.
He says being a specialty store has helped keep a steady stream of customers, but says many neighboring retailers haven’t been as lucky.
Although it’s a headache, most will agree the work was needed and will benefit the city. It’s something this business owner hopes to see.
“Let’s hope I’m still here. Ive been here for nine years. It’s tough coming into work. Normally, I have three employees, not it’s just me. I will be lucky to see three customers a day,” said Quan.
We talked with ODOT Wednesday afternoon. They say they are going to continue to monitor this intersection. But they say it’s looking like the project is moving ahead of schedule.