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Businesses Upset Over Construction Delay

NORTH LIBERTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- It has been said that there's two seasons in Iowa - winter and construction.  For business owners in North Liberty, the latter has overstayed its welcome.

Now they are asking the city for one thing - just get the Highway 965 project done.
 
One word describes the Highway 965 project For Ron Hunter - chaos. He and his employees at Pro-Platinum Construction and Remodeling are paying the price.
 
"We're downsizing now because we don't have the work coming in that used to come in," Hunter says .
 
The road project was set to start in May, delayed until June, and now after a partial start -
 
"Nothing has been done in two weeks," Hunter says.
 
The impact of yet another delay has varied from business to business.
 
While Pro Platinum is suffering, the Popcorn Shoppe just down the road says the construction isn't necessarily slowing down business. However, it is causing confusion.
 
"Its been a little bit of a concern with getting around," Leo Young. "Once people know how to do it, they're coming."
 
Every business says that it just needs to get done, and the city's mayor agrees.
 
"It's been very frustrating," said Mayor Gerry Kuhl. "It has been a long process and we're just weary by that."
 
The reason for the holdup this time around -
 
"The amount of fill dirt was calculated incorrectly," Kuhl says.
 
It's a reason that doesn't sit well with everyone.
 
"I thought dirt was free," Hunter says. "There's all kinds of people looking to get rid of dirt."
 
Mayor Kuhl says the dirt is needed to fill in ditches, and make the shoulders the correct width.
 
He says after meeting with engineers and the contractor Horsfield Construction today, the city was told work out here will restart next week.
 
"We're still optimistic that phases one and two will be completed by the time the snow flies," Kuhl says.

Hunter is hoping they can hold on until then.
 
"Whatever it takes, get it done," Hunter says. "Look at the revenue all these places are losing."
 
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