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Area construction is affecting local businesses.

Burger Barn says they had to close Tuesday because of road repairs in the area. Co-Owner Chris Bynum says, "It has definitely slowed it down. Customers complaining about having to take detours not being able to get here."

And now the Cherry bridge in its area is closing down next week. Texas Department of Transportation Spokesperson Paul Braun says, "We're going to close down Cherry Street completely. And we're going to move the traffic on to the frontage roads. While we dismantle and rebuild that bridge."

Bynum says, "I'll have to take detours for about five months to get here. They re-paved the road. So we had to shut down Tuesday this week." Braun says they're carrying out more construction projects and maintenance this year. TxDOT is spending about $30 million more than last year because they had money left over from funding they had saved for previous projects.

The most congested areas for travelers include south of I-40 and I-27, on the loop between Coulter and Western and on I-40 between Georgia and Crockett. Braun says, "It is impacting a lot of drivers because the projects we're doing are on more heavily traveled roadways this year."

The good news is these projects should be completed by end of summer. And despite facing more detours in future months, Burger Barn hopes for more customers to walk in. Bynum says, "We know it's going to hurt it a little bit because coming from the West side they can't get here because the bridge. But every car has to drive straight by us so, I mean, that could help us."

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

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