Local shops say business will be hurt by Mesa/I-10 closure will hurt business


    The sight of ebb and flow of cars moving up and down Mesa and I-10 will all change Sunday night.

    "All the construction they (have) been doing has been slowing us down,” Michael Sargent, owner of Westside Pizza Express, said.

    At 9 p.m. Sunday, I-10 westbound lanes were shut down on Mesa. Just one eastbound lane will stay open at the interchange. North Mesa Street will be completely closed during the closures as well. TxDOT crews will be doing working on the overpass for the Go 10 project, not just for Sunday night, but for 11 days.

    Sargent’s pizzeria is right by the closure. He said the nearly two-week closure will slice into his profits.

    "We just ask our customers to be a little bit more patient and we're going to have to start hiring more drivers,” Sargent said.” "I've been thinking about raising prices but I'm not sure if I want to do that."

    Sargent isn't the only one.

    Namuna Ghimire, the owner of Eyebrow Land, is hopeful this closure won't have the same impact as others.

    "I'll have less customers,” Ghimire said. “Even for me just to get to the store and get the supplies, it's going to be a lot of hassle."

    She isn't only worried for her store.

    "I have a real tight schedule. I work here and then I got to UTEP at 5:30,” Ghimire said. “I will close here at 5 and have to get to class at 5:30. I have 20 minutes’ time to get from here to downtown and I can never reach that time."

    Sargent says all he can do is just wait it out.

    "I talk to some of the crews who come in here and get pizzas,” Sargent said. “They say they aren't going to be finished for about four years with the whole thing. So it's going to be something we have to deal with."

    This closure on I-10 will be going until Dec. 18. Crews won't be moving the required bridge beams for this closure on Fridays and Saturdays.

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