LOGAN –Center Street construction is well under way and heavy equipment is pulling up sidewalks and exposing utilities. The street is closed to automobiles, but businesses are still open and accepting customers.
Tuesday afternoon, construction workers hit a gas line causing some businesses to be evacuated.
The project includes updating the infrastructure, widening sidewalks, adding pedestrian crossings, raised planters and an arch. There is also a mini plaza area for socializing and dining planned for the street.
Officials are encouraging people to come down and watch construction.
Workers will be pulling out the old trolley lines down Center Street during the construction.
Some businesses reported walk-in traffic has declined a little, but most still have people coming through the door.
Most of the places along Center Street have other entrances, it is just a matter of finding them.
Maya Simmons, who works at the Bluebird Candy Company, said they are open.
“Our side door in the alley has an open sign in the door and there are tables and chairs out there,” she said. “It’s a little slower than usual, but we still have people coming through the side door.”
The Print Factory manager, Scott Shaffer, said walk-in traffic has slowed a little, but there a few people coming in.
Benn Heninger, who works at Anderson Feed and Garden, said they are still open and he hasn’t noticed much change in their traffic.
“Most people automatically park in the back, anyway, when they pick up plants and other supplies,” he said. “People still know where to go, despite the construction”.
He said the easiest way to reach any of the Center Street businesses is from 100 West to the parking lot by La Rancheria at the corner of 100 W. and 100 N.
Mikaeli Hill, counter help at Great Harvest Bread Company, said they are still open and business is still strong.
The White Owl is still open if the sidewalk front door is still clear.
If that changes, the back door will be open and they will have sign there, said a bartender.
The Utah Theater is still open and as long as the sidewalk is clear patrons can go through the front door, said Gary Griffith, the managing director for the theater.
“If they tear the sidewalk up, there is an alley they can go through between the Book Table located at 29 South Main and the old Wells Fargo Bank on Main. There is an ally there and we have the back door open.”
The 10-week construction project is costing $1.9 million and Logan City and Center Street business owners are partners on the project.