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September 4, 2014 I The Lovell Chronicle 3 DAVID PECK Lovell fourth-grader Kathryn Mickelson heads into the designated crossing zone on Shoshone Avenue in Lovell Tuesday afternoon as S&L Industrial employee and crossing guard Desaree Wimmler looks on. BUSINESSES ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES well each night," she said. As construction work- ers cleaned up in front of CK Hardware (70 East Main) Tuesday ahead of the block entering "soft clo- sure" status, owner Cheryl Knop said she's looking for- ward to the street opening up. When the detour was moved to Montana Avenue, the block from Montana to Shoshone didn't become a soft closure for several days, with traffic blocked at Montana. "We've had some in- credibly slow days," she said. "It's bizarre seeing no traffic go by on a Saturday afternoon." Knop said her "reg- ulars" have continued to come to the store for need- ed items. "I still appreciate those who did continue to shop to reach the building (at 8 East Main) offof Shoshone. "I don't know if it's been a huge impact," he said. "People can come in from the side and back. The reg- ulars are here. If they need to come in, they come in." Tellers at the bank agreed that there hasn't re- ally been a drop-off. Jim Davis at the Lovell Building Center said other than asking some construc- tion workers to not block his parking lot, the proj- ect has "not been that bad" for business. He was philo- sophical about the project. "It's got to be done," he said. "I hope they get it done on their timeline. It's got its ups and downs. We opened the back gate up so people could come in that way." He said in many ways here," she said. "It's been a the project has been good Iong, hard closure, and I'll be glad to get it over. Ev- eryone will be glad when the whole project is done. They've done the best they. could with what they've had." Big Horn Federal Branch Manager Joseph Shumway said he hasn't seen a huge effect at the bank, with customers able for bUsiness in Lovell. "They've spent a lot of money here (in town)," he said. Robert Voss at Best Buy Auto Sales (187 E. Main) said business "defi- nitely slowed down" when the project prevented look- ers from seeing the cars on the lot, but he said busi- ness is returning. continued from page one "It's slowly coming back," he said. "People tend to steer away from Main Street. But it's pick- ing up slowly." Hen House (210 E. Main) owner John Lafko said business has held up pretty well, thanks to the loyalty of his customers. "Numbers wise, the project didn't affect me a ton," Lafko said. "Tourist traffic was next to nothing. When the street was closed I didn't see one tourist, but I don't depend a ton on tourists. It's not like we're in Cody. "Most of my regular customers made the effort to shop here, which I'm thankful for." Now that the proj- ect has moved west, Lafko said business is picking up again. "We're seeing more Walk-in people, and more people are driving by, no- ticing the store and coming in," he said. "That's been helpful. I just wish they'd open the rest of the busi- ness district." Red Apple store man- ager Mike Allred said the project actually steered customers to the store when the western detour turned at Shoshone Av- enue, but even after the hard closure reached the store customers have con- tinued to shop at Lovell's only supermarket. He said the fact that the store has a number of ways to reach the parking lot has helped. "We're grateful for the customers who continue to shop with us," Allred said, noting that customers have been making fewer trips to the store but buying more on each trip, perhaps due to the construction. Craig Trumbull of the Brandin' Iron Restaurant said his tourism traffic was greatly reduced by the project this summer as the traveling public was steered to the north side of town. But Trum- bull has repeatedly ex- pressed support for the project, calling it a neces- sary disruption. "We're very blessed by our local customers," he said. Trumbull said so- cial media greatly affect- ed motorcycle traffic com- ing through Lovell. He estimated motorcycle traf- fic was cut in half as word got out to steer around Lovell. BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Main Street Project has reached the end of the street - at least when it comes to detours. After the construction zone shrunk by one block last week with the east de- tour moving from Neva- da to Montana, the zone expanded Tuesday night when the west detour moved from Idaho to Great Western, the furthest west side street on Main. Project officials for the Main Street reconstruc- tion and water and sewer project had announced last week that the west detour would skip over Hampshire as the project moved west because with the median strip remaining in place around the sugar factory corner some large trucks would not be able to make the turn at Hampshire. With the detour remaining in place at Montana, the work zone now spans six blocks - from Montana to Great Western. On a positive move for the Main Street business district, the block from Montana to Shoshone was being cleaned up Tuesday to become a "soft closure" mid-week, which would al- low traffic to enter the block for Main Street access to businesses. Although the detour was moved to Mon- tana last week, there was initially no soft closure on the east end of the work zone, but that changed this week. With Montana to Sho- shone cleaned up and work wrapping up this week from Shoshone to Kan- sas, project officials said at Tuesday's public meeting that the eastern detour will jump to Kansas early next week, freeing the central business district for normal traffic. Supt. of Schools Rick Woodford stopped by Tues- day's meeting to ask about the first day of school cross- ing guards. S&L Industrial crew leaders Kathy Baxen- dale and Desaree Wimmler reported that only about eight students used the crossing corridor estab- lished on Shoshone Ave- nue at Main and at Third, but they also noted that parents often drive kids to school on the first day of school and they expected there to be more students later in the week. S&L is providing flag- gers/crossing guards before and after school. STORM SEWER WORK The Town of Lovell has received permission from the Wyoming Dept. of Transportation to "stub in" a storm sewer at Jer- sey and Main. Lovell Town Councilman Brian Dickson explained that a heavy rain can overwhelm the storm sewer at Shoshone and Park, creating a river "up stream" on Jersey where Circle Drive and Washakie intersect. He would like to see an additional inlet add- ed to the storm sewer at the Jersey and Washakie/Cir- cle location. In order to facilitate what would be a project down the road to place a new inlet just south of Cir- cle Drive on Washakie, the town has asked for 15- inch pipe be stubbed into the WyDOT 30-inch storm sewer on Main Street since that point on the street is already being torn up for a new handicap ramp. Dickson said the town has been given the go ahead, but he's not sure whether the work will be funded by the State Loan and Investment Board or by town funds. He said the work will be performed next week. 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