Construction on Ross Clark Circle having an effect on businesses

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Around 80,000 cars travel on Highway 84 West daily, and as construction to widen, Ross Clark Circle continues you may experience delays.

However, once done the improvements are meant to help ease the traffic volume on the west side.

“People have to realize that you just got to get it done and suffer through it until the work can be completed because once it’s completed it’ll be much better,” Public Works Director Charles Metzger said. “It’ll be similar to what 231 North was up there when it was four-lane, and now it’s six-lane, a lot better traffic flow through those areas.”

This project is Dothan’s largest road work project and is estimated to be between $30-$40 million, but the road work has affected some businesses, one of them being restaurant La Leyenda.

“A few months ago we had a big, giant mountain of dirt, and you couldn’t even see the restaurant so that really effected us a few months ago,” La Leyenda employee Claudia Diaz said. “But it’s been doing a lot better ever since they finished right here in this front area.”

Diaz gives credit to the restaurant’s customers for continuing to come, even during the construction.

“They’re really good,” Diaz said. “There are some people that come every single day for lunch, and I’m just like oh my god, y’all are so loyal. They know we’re here and they support us and they really enjoy the food.”

The amount of time it takes to finish the project does depend on the weather, so drivers are encouraged to avoid driving in areas where there’s heavy construction so if you know back roads, take them.

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