By: Christine Souders
A more than $1 million dollar downtown revitalization project in Moline has had portions of 5th Avenue closed off for months.
It's part of a three phase project that began in 2009.
Since May this year, construction crews have been ripping up the road, to replace utilities and lay down new pavement, and getting to businesses there has been a little tricky.
Construction crews are currently tearing apart a section of 5th Avenue between 11th and 12th Street.
"Friday they poured the southern two lanes of 5th Avenue, so after that what they're going to do is come back and do the sidewalks, driveways, lights," said Erin Bruner the Construction Manager with the City of Moline.
The entrance to Ray's Appliance is located between 11th and 12th, and is cut off to customers.
Jim Miller, the owner said he's directing his customers through the back alley way.
"They feel bad for us with all the things tore up. I said it'll be okay we're going to be fine."
CBS 4 News is told that portion of 5th Ave. will be complete in two weeks, but it's still a work in progress.
"After that's finished with, they're going to jump to this next block between 13th and 14th," said Bruner
Barrel House is the newbie on the block, and is preparing for the next phase.
"We're going to have an 8 foot banner letting people know there will be entrance in the alley. We're putting posters on the corners of the streets," said Tara Elkins, the Events Coordinator at the Barrel House.
Customers said they're looking forward to the finished product, while at the same time sympathizes with the businesses.
"Kind of sad for a place that just opened up, the first thing their end up having to deal with is the construction of Moline," said Wes Mielke, a Moline Resident.
"Every time you have progress, you're going to have to have construction. You're going to have to tear something up to make it better," Daniel Munos, a Moline Resident.
Business Owners said they are just asking customers to hang in there until the construction is over with.
The City of Moline said once the project is done they are hoping more new businesses and apartments will sprout up on 5th Avenue.
The project is set to be finished by late November.