Business On Topeka Blvd Suffers Through Construction Do-Over

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A local business on Topeka Boulevard says it's suffering as construction crews have to do over what they've just completed.

"Obviously something went wrong somewhere," Darrell Six, owner of Six Auto Sales, remarked.

Construction workers are breaking up concrete they have just laid on Northwest Topeka Boulevard and Six says it's putting businesses and their employees on shaky grounds.

His two dealership locations are both within the construction zone on North Topeka Boulevard between Gordon and Paramore.

Just when he thought it was all over, locals experienced another road block. An inspector found cracks in the concrete and the work needed to be re-done.

About 30 panels of concrete, along a 200 foot stretch of three lanes, will have to be removed.

"We started this street project on June 28. For four and a half months, they poured the new road," Six said. "And now within a few days they started tearing it all up and demolishing it. So obviously that's gonna have to set back the project," he said.

David Bevens, spokesman for the City of Topeka, says even though the do-over was necessary, it will not impact the construction time line.

"During the process, some cracks developed. The contractor agreed to remove that at no cost to the city and we plan on having it open by November 21, which was what was originally scheduled," Bevens said.

For Six's customers, access has been difficult as major access points have been blocked off. For his staff, the lost business is hard to navigate.

"Sales are down and we have to cut hours and tighten our belt. Obviously it's very hard on us," Six said.

The city says the long-term benefits will outweigh the pain.

"We do appreciate the patience," Bevens said. "At the end of the day, you know, when the project is completed, it'll be a beautiful project. It'll be a lasting project and benefit the businesses and the people that travel in the area."

Darrell Six says he does appreciate the road improvements, but he wishes better provisions had been made to allow for two-way traffic. "We need the infrastructure. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against that" he said.

"It's just we have a little bit of challenge here and its tough," he said.