SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The owner of a Springfield restaurant claims that water main construction on Armory Street could kill his business, but the city calls the project absolutely necessary.
The water pipeline installation has made it necessary to detour traffic away from the Armory Street Bridge. Water and Sewer Commission Executive Director Katherine Pederson told 22News that they have to upgrade service, but the work won't be finished until August 27.
Jorge Perez worries about the impact on his Armory Street business, the Puerto Rico Bakery and Restaurant.
"It slows the business down a little bit," Perez said, "but when they come down here to block this side off, It's going to kill my business."
Drivers forced to take the Albany Street detour have complaints of their own. They said the lengthy detour forces them to travel to a different part of the city. It's estimated that thousands of cars are detoured; many to their complete surprise.
Pederson said that the private contractor is working as best as they can to make sure the project finished before the schools re-open this fall.