5/25/2010

Road construction and other public works projects can wreak havoc on local businesses as foot traffic diminishes and access points are rerouted or closed. "Businesses need to bond together as a business group or organization and plan with the contractors and city staff to lessen their burdens," said one Madison, Wis., business owner whose shop was hurt by nearby road construction for two consecutive summers. Advertising and additional signage are also important marketing tools, experts say.

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