Mayor declares "business as usual" during Main St. construction

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Kristy Cameron, CFRA

Mayor Jim Watson and Capital Ward Councillor David Chernushenko made a shopping trip on Main Street Monday morning, to remind residents that businesses are still open amid construction.

Standing just metres away from an excavator, the pair unveiled a blue sign that reads "businesses open as usual."

However, with northbound traffic closed off at Clegg Street and only a single southbound lane open for the nearly two year project, Watson admitted it will be tough for businesses.

"Obviously it's going to take a lot of patience," said Watson. "But the end result ... is going to be a metamorphosis of Main Street."

Watson says Main St. will become a "complete street" with that is more pedestrian and cycle friendly.

Owner of Singing Pebble Books Mika Weaver admitted she is concerned about business during the construction period but said she appreciates the city's support.

"It's a little bit challenging and any help is so appreciated," said Weaver.

Capital Councillor David Chernushenko said the city will be focusing on easing traffic congestion but said the city will not be providing tax breaks to businesses along Main Street.

Main Street is expected to re-open by late fall 2016.