Crews keep busy Tuesday as work continues on Cliff Avenue in downtown Enderby.

Crews keep busy Tuesday as work continues on Cliff Avenue in downtown Enderby.

Businesses coping with Enderby project

Cliff Avenue has been ripped up since April 4 while infrastructure is replaced

Completion of a major Enderby road project can’t come soon enough for some businesses.

Cliff Avenue has been ripped up since April 4 while infrastructure is replaced.

“We’ve been pretty slow but we’re getting by,” said Craig Bell, with Hungry Jack’s restaurant.

“It’s been a little frustrating. Access has been the issue.”

Customers are still finding their way into Shuswap Insurance.

“The effect has been relatively small but we are the least affected,” said Bretton Melanson, an insurance broker.

“Our back entrance is accessible and insurance is essential.”

Across the street is Mel’s Mainstreet Pizza and Pasta.

“It’s been not too bad for us but we also have delivery,” said manager Brittany Neville.

Mayor Greg McCune admits merchants have taken a hit during the work.

“Business hasn’t been brisk but it hasn’t been awful,” he said.

The contractor has tried to maintain front access to the buildings but that has been challenging at times, especially as earth is dug out for new sidewalks.

“Most of the businesses have access from the rear and we encourage people to come downtown and support our local businesses,” said Tate Bengtson, the city’s chief administrative officer.

It’s anticipated the $1.8 million construction project will be completed  by June 24.

“I think it will look nice and I hope business will pick up once it’s finished,” said Bell.

Uneven sidewalks, aging road gutters and unhealthy trees will be replaced.  A new plaza, backlit pier gateway structures and new seating will go in.

“The project is going well. The contractor is still on track,” said Bengtson.

McCune believes the improvements to Cliff Avenue will lead to businesses investing in their properties.

“Almost everyone has approached city hall about upgrades to their buildings,” he said.