Downtown Greenville construction impacts businesses

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – With multiple construction projects taking place in one Eastern Carolina city’s downtown, many businesses are feeling the impacts.

Construction and roadblocks are hard to miss while driving downtown Greenville. From Dickinson Avenue to parts of Reade and East Fifth Street, ‘road closed’ signs fill the streets in front of many businesses.

“It has been an inconvenience,” resident Jay Annis said.

Monday, more construction began on the intersection of West Fifth Street and Vance Street as part of the BUILD Project. The $42 million project is set to improve safety, economic opportunity, and quality of life for residents and workers.

Riley Weaver works at Cucinella’s Pizzeria on East Fifth Street and said construction has been going on for over a month. At first, they thought the restaurant would be impacted more, but says it’s been going better than expected.

“I think everyone is doing well,” Weaver said. “I don’t think everyone should be too worried about it. Hopefully, they’re done soon though.”

Alex Annis said that even though she braved road detours to grab a bite to eat, it’s still a hassle.

“The traffic has definitely slowed down a lot which is helpful but at the same time it’s hard to get to the shops you want to get to when the roads closed,” Alex said.

Annis said that despite the headache construction can bring, it is important to still try to support businesses stuck in the middle of it all.