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Cimarron construction having impact on local businesses

Cimarron construction having impact...

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - More changes are happening at the I-25 and Cimarron interchange. If you drove by Tuesday, you probably saw some new lane closures.

For businesses near the construction, they've had to deal with it for two years.

"It's really affecting us," said Jim Hendershott, owner of Billy's Old World Chicago Style Pizza.

But with the new lane closures, Hendershoott says it's gotten worse.

"Oh, it was a horrible lunch. I didn't even break three figures. People can't get in, can't get out. People can't turn," he said.

Not far down the street from there, a similar situation for a business on 8th Street.

"I'd say we lost about 25 percent of our business but after it's all done, I think we'll gain that right back and then some," said Darla Harris, manger at the Green House.

A majority of businesses we spoke with say this construction is impacting their business, but one manger tell us he's feeling the impact in a different way.

"It's kind of offset our hours a little bit as far as when our rush comes in. It hasn't affected our sales too much but more than anything it just makes it really tough getting in and out," said Jacob Renfro, manager at Kangaroo Coffee.

Renfro says it's an inconvenience but knows in the end the construction headache will be worth it.

"Oh yeah, without a doubt. We always need better roads in Colorado," Renfro said.

New longer on- and off-ramps will allow some traffic to bypass the latest round of lane closures.

"Once they get all this done, hopefully it will give us more business but it's going to be a rough one till it's done," Hendershott said.

In the meantime, C-DOT says they have about six months of work left to do.

There is an overnight closure Tuesday night until 5 a.m. Wednesday. It affects northbound I-25 at Cimarron, and Cimarron under the overpass

RELATED: Lane closures overnight Tuesday, Wednesday at busy Colorado Springs interchange

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