Road construction projects are a necessary nuisance, so timing can be a big factor on the impact they have. Some Napoleon businesses are going to feel the impact of replacing Industrial Drive at the U.S. 24 bypass. You might think a shutdown of the exit for a couple of weeks would be a minor issue; but not for those companies. There are three truck stops adjacent to the Industrial Drive exit of the bypass, where its estimated about 1,200 trucks hit their stops combined on a daily basis. When you add the numbers up for a whole month, counting fuel, food, and service, these three companies are talking combined revenue approaching 6 million dollars. And when truckers have a choice of negotiating around a detour, or driving 30 miles down the road to the next truck stop, you know what they will probably do. So the local economy takes a hit for several million dollars in that span of time the road and exit are closed. And that’s not even considering employees that might be laid-off for several weeks during the slowdown. There might be savings in the city by shutting the whole road down to hurry-up the project; but in the overall picture, lost tax revenue will likely hit the state and city even harder.
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