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Portage Street construction impacts some Kalamazoo businesses

WWMT Grand Rapids/Lansing logo WWMT Grand Rapids/Lansing 6/14/2021 Emirrora Austin | Newschannel 3
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While businesses were reopening and trying to recoup losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, some Kalamazoo store owners said construction was making it difficult to bounce back. 

With the sidewalks ripped up and cones along the intersection of Portage Street and Washington Avenue, customers were unsure of where to park or how to get into businesses. The owner of Kzoo Nutrition on Portage Street said since construction started in April, he'd seen fewer customers come in. Next door, the manager at Community Promise Federal Credit Union said they are experiencing the same issues.

"The biggest thing is just accessibility for our members. We have quite a few members that are in wheelchairs, walkers, it’s really difficult for them to get around all of the construction," said Kiah McMeekan.

From Portage Street at Stockbridge Avenue, the project would gradually move north on Portage Street and Pitcher Street to East Michigan Avenue as construction progressed. 

Two-way traffic was open on Portage Street as of June 14, 2021. 

Kalamazoo city officials said crews were replacing over a mile of water main along the stretch of road. The city was also upgrading sidewalks and lighting for pedestrians. 

Kalamazoo Public Works Manager Anthony Ladd said most of the work would be done by Labor Day, but was on schedule to be completed by October 31, 2021.

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