Businesses along Arrowhead Parkway are extra thankful this Thanksgiving that holiday travelers and shoppers will have a stress-free drive starting on Wednesday.
"It will be nice that it's almost ending for sure," Ashly Norman, manager at Mainstream Boutique, said.
The maze of cones along Arrowhead Parkway will be gone Wednesday, just in time for Black Friday shoppers.
And Norman is ready.
"Customers won't be coming in frustrated so I feel like I lost some people during that time period a little bit because they're like, 'I don't want to do that again,'" Norman said.
Coffee drinkers at Coffea Roasterie and Espresso Bar feel the same, says store manager Laura Sinkgraven. She's looking forward to welcoming Black Friday shoppers without the roadwork.
"In the past, it's been a pretty good turnout for Black Friday, especially around big shopping centers like we have over here," Sinkgraven said.
While construction season is normally over by now in South Dakota, the Department of Transportation says they, too, have something to be thankful for.
"I thought we did a really nice job on this project to bite off what we could quite frankly chew and get done in this time period. It was an aggressive schedule. Our contractor did an awesome job to meet our timelines" Mike Heiberger, South Dakota Department of Transportation engineering supervisor, said.
There is a second phase to the project which will include additional work between Highline Avenue and Sycamore Avenue, but that won't begin until the spring 2018.
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