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SYLACAUGA, Ala. – As asphalt is poured on many local streets in the midst of a $4 million paving project  in the Marble City, many are excited about the eventual smooth roads of the city.

W. Fort Williams St., one of the roads featuring the most commerce in Sylacauga, was a top priority for the project. Today it sits paved, but how did the project affect businesses?

The general consensus from business owners interviewed by was the project was a bit inconvenient to get in and out of their parking lots.

Dickie Wright at Wright Tire & Service said Fort Williams is the only entrance into their shop, so it was slightly inconvenient for customers and staff getting in and out. “It was inconvenient for a few days, but they got it done really quickly,” said Wright. “Our business stayed steady throughout it, and I think we’re all glad the roads are fixed now.”

The staff at Fort Williams Pharmacy and Carden’s Gift Cottage agreed with Wright. Both business owners and staff said customers can get to the buildings from another road.

Mona Carden, the owner of Carden’s Gift Cottage, said “I think the paving project has gone pretty well. I haven’t seen any decline in our business, and I’m really happy to see nice roads here in Sylacauga.”

While some were excited about the project, the constant lane closures and equipment and paving staff on the road, may have affected businesses that rely solely on customers coming through the doors. El Vaqueros said it has had a negative experience.

The owner said they saw a 50 percent decrease in business at lunchtime, and he is happy the paving looks to be finished on Fort Williams.

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