Business owners fear sales could be impacted as another section of Dickinson Avenue closes

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Road closed signs are set up all along Dickinson Avenue in Greenville, signaling that work is starting again on another section of the roadway.

“Really, it was just so sad simply because we could not see any traffic in or out,” said Mack Taha, owner of Mack’s Furniture Warehouse.

From Skinner Street to Hooker Road, crews will be installing a new waterline and sidewalks along with resurfacing the road. “I’m very optimistic, and I think the outcome of this project will look really nice, and Dickinson Avenue will look good,” said Taha.

While businesses will stay open throughout the road work, some fear sales may be impacted.

“Of course, we’re all concerned. Honestly, it does affect us business-wise, and people keep calling us with the road closing. For example, they were doing that road thing today; they closed it, and people were like, oh my God, how do I get inside? Especially during the summer, we’re obviously really packed,” said Jackellen Pena, an employee with Flaco Tire Shop.

The NC DOT suggests drivers avoid the area as it is an active construction zone. This project is expected to take two years to complete.

Crews started working on another section of Dickinson Avenue, between Atlantic Avenue and Ficklen Street, about two weeks ago.