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Main Street makeover worries Davis merchant

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Downtown Davis merchants are bracing for disruption during a Main Street repair project. (KTEN) Downtown Davis merchants are bracing for disruption during a Main Street repair project. (KTEN)
Davis business owner Jack Jones says the Main Street reconstruction project will have a beneficial effect in the long term. (KTEN) Davis business owner Jack Jones says the Main Street reconstruction project will have a beneficial effect in the long term. (KTEN)
Heavy traffic in downtown Davis has caused Main Street to deteriorate. (KTEN) Heavy traffic in downtown Davis has caused Main Street to deteriorate. (KTEN)

DAVIS, Okla. -- There's a Main Street makeover underway in downtown Davis, but that has businesses bracing for what could be a difficult time.

Jones Custom Jewelry owner Jack Jones fears that construction may prove to be a hassle for customers who want to stop and shop.

"If it's an inconvenience to the customer to walk and drive in and park, then they probably would go on, but I hope they're going to need our work," he said.

Businesses may not flourish during the construction period, but Jones believes it's all for the best.

"We needed it for a long time," he said. "When it comes, you're going to have the price of what it's going to be for improvement."

One reason Main Street is in such bad shape is because it doubles as State Highway 7. All the traffic and semi trucks going through town causes the road to deteriorate over time.

"They've had to repair it regularly because it does not have a good base under it ... so they're going to fix that problem," City Manager Tom Graham explained.

Because Main Street is a highway, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is in charge of the road construction project, but the City of Davis is still able to capitalize.

During the process, the city will widen sidewalks to make a trip down Main Street easier for everyone.

"This allows anybody that's in a wheelchair to be able to go down the sidewalk and still have people walk beside them, so nobody has to bump into each other," Graham said.

The city expects construction to be completed within seven to eight months.

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