Greenville’s construction project on West Fifth street starts

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – Machines hummed as construction began on the traffic circle at Albemarle Avenue and Elizabeth Street on West Fifth Street in Greenville.

That location is where Climmon Jefferson has a barbershop. “I’ve been at this location for about 15 years,” Jefferson shared.

Jefferson says the construction has already slowed down his business.

“Some of the customers have called and said that they can’t get to the barbershop because the roads are blocked and the ones that have come, some of them have to park a block or so away and take a walk,” Jefferson explained.

Nevertheless, he hopes the construction’s wait will be worth it.

“I hope it’ll all be positive once they open up the roundabout and the traffic will flow and maybe we will see an increase in customers,” he added.

According to the City of Greenville’s Public Information Officer Brock Letchworth, that is what the city is aiming to do with the “Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development,” also known as the “BUILD” project.

“We get a lot of people commenting on the conditions of the streets. This is our effort to improve it,” Letchworth said.

The traffic circle construction on West Fifth Street is part of the $42 million project funded by a federal grant and the city with one goal. “Ultimately, connectivity between the downtown area, the university, and the medical community.”

Letchworth says none of the businesses are closed due to construction.