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Businesses suffered in Weirton

Updated: Friday, June 27 2014, 02:28 PM EDT
WEIRTON, W.Va. - In what can only be described as a major relief for drivers in the area, exits in and around Weirton have re-opened.
That's good news for downtown businesses, too.
For establishments like Gus's Goodies, the construction has been anything but sweet. Owner Gus Monezis says there have been fewer customers at the counter because of the recent construction.
"Fortunately, we have some pretty loyal customers, and they fight it to get over here," Monezis said. "But our customer count is down."
Business has been down as much as 20 percent over the last several weeks, according to Monezis. He said it wasn't so much getting into Weirton as it was getting out.
Katie Fluharty, who owns three downtown businesses, shared the same sentiment.
"I have to go to Follansbee to make deposits and stuff and it's a big headache," Fluharty said. "I have to get off at Harmon Creek. One day I was lost for an hour."
Like several other area business, it hurt the bottom line.
"Probably 20 to 30 percent, give or take, a week," Fluharty said.
Fluharty is looking forward to giving customers she hasn't seen in a while the good news.
"They're actually calling and (asking), 'Is the road open to get back out of Weirton yet? Well we'll see you in few weeks.' That's what the employees are telling me."
As traffic starts flowing a little more freely, the mayor of Weirton and Hancock County Commissioners are making sure to thank everyone for their patience.
"We had a terrible winter," Commissioner Dan Greathouse said. "All these roads were busted and needed fixed. Now the rest of the summer it will be free."
The ramp from Follansbee to Steubenville is still closed around the clock. The West Virginia Division of Highways is hoping to have that opened up by mid-July.
City leaders in Weirton want to welcome everyone to their Friday night concert series.  Justin Fabus takes the stage at the Weirton Event Center at 7:30.
Greathouse promised fewer traffic woes following the event.

Businesses suffered in Weirton

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