Texas Star convenience store has lost almost 50 percent of its business since the Texas Department of Transportation began construction to widen the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and U.S. Highway 183.
The Tote and Whataburger, also located at the intersection, have also seen drastic decrease in sales as the construction work has closed off or limited access to their businesses.
On Friday, TxDOT spokesman Ricky Dailey said the work should be complete by late September. TxDOT’s original scheduled date of completion was June.
“The rebuilt intersection will be concrete and we have modified the type of concrete being used to improve long-term performance of the roadway,” Dailey said. “This type of concrete requires a longer cure time. There also were some minor utility delays that have been resolved. Again, the project is going smoothly and completion is expected in late September.”
TxDOT recently closed the right lanes at the intersection, causing bigger traffic backups.
Ben Wilson, manager of the Tiger Tote convenience store, said the construction has not affected the store’s business but is also hurting Tiger Tote’s vendors.
“We can’t disclose figures, but I can tell you it’s hurting us a lot,” Wilson said. “They told me from the get-go they’d be finished by June, but they didn’t finish the first half until last week.
“In have an employee who can see the store from his house and it takes him 10 minutes to get here in his car.”
Texas Star manager Alex Medina said the store is planning to reduce its hours of business to 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the construction is finished.
“It’s affected us pretty badly,” Medina said. “As of now, we’re down this fiscal year about 49 percent. We’re pretty much grinning and bearing it.”
Goliad County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mona Faust said local customers are staying away from merchants in the area of construction.
“I just think they are trying to avoid the whole area, so it’s bound to be hurting businesses,” Faust said.
According to Faust, tourism has not been greatly affected by the construction.
TxDOT has also scheduled to following projects for the fall:
• improving the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 239 by increasing the turning radii and adding a left-turn lane;
• adding illumination and updating flashing beacons at the intersection of U.S. Highway 183 and Farm-to-Market Road 622;
• adding right-turn lanes or right-turn treatments at each of the intersections at U.S. Highway 183 at Mannahuila, Midway, Old Goliad, Agape Estates and Heinig Road;
• determining if there is enough room to add turn lanes and updating flashing beacons at State Highway 119 and Farm-to-Market Road 884.