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Route 224 business seeks financial help from state due to construction

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POLAND, Ohio - The traffic headache continues at Route 224 and Interstate 680.

It's been two months since construction began and the congestion continues to hurt the sales of local businesses.

For some, a daily caffeine fix at Dunkin' Donuts isn't worth the headache of driving through construction.

"No, it ain't worth it everyday, as much as I used to come," said Poland Twp. Resident Geno Iudiciani. "I come once in a while, I'll wait through the traffic as long as I have time."

Sales at the Poland location are down 15-20%. The franchise owner, Bryan Stolte, blames the congestion and is now planning to seek financial help from the state.

"We're not asking to make up that and then some, we're just asking for some support from the state because of the impact it's done on our business," said Stolte. "The work needed to be done, it's just we are looking for support from somewhere, somehow to help us make it through for the next year."

A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Transportation, Brent Kovacs, says they do not compensate for loss of business due to construction projects, nor does he know of any other government agency that does. However, he says business owners may want to contact their insurance companies.

In the mean time, Dunkin' Donuts isn't the only business feeling the pain.

Dr. Krumpak, a chiropractor, says his business along Route 224 is down about 20%. His patients literally have to drive through the construction to get to his office.

"Once you get to the spot where you can turn in and you realize that yes, there is a pace to get in here, you come up to it and you think I cant get in there," explained Krumpak.

ODOT says crews are now working weekends to speed up the process. However, the time frame remains the same; construction will take a break this fall, begin again in the spring, and continue into October of next year.

 

 

 

 

 

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