Businesses anxiously await completion of Cottman Ave. construction

    A northeast Philadelphia road construction project is making progress. But some businesses in the area wish it would just be done already.

    A northeast Philadelphia road construction project is making progress. But some businesses in the area wish it would just be done already.

    One lane of Cottman Avenue near I-95 is expected to re-open this morning after being closed since June for construction. Barry Loeb is co-owner of Dazzles Car Care. He’s says the closure coupled with the down economy has been devastating to his 13 year old business.

    “We had it closed here for five weeks almost while they were doing construction inside the building to meet the road, business has dropped off considerably we haven’t taken a paycheck home since last november, it’s been real bad.”

    PennDOT is re-doing the roadway as part of a redesign of I-95’s Cottman Avenue Interchange. Spokesman Gene Blaum says the formerly two-lane one-way street will be converted to two-way three-lane street when the 31 million dollar project is done next summer.

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