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Local business says pre-roundabout work was the cause of lost business

ELMIRA, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - Pedestrians and motorists weren't the only ones feeling the impact of pre-roundabout roadwork, businesses too.

"One of the busier business there would be Savino's," Craigh Southard, the Senior Engineer for the Elmira Department of Public Works, said. "We're working with them to make sure we're realistic and they understand what our schedule is like."

We spoke to Frank Savino, the owner of Savino's Wines and Liquor. He said the roadwork has caused him to lose business. He confirmed that the city is working with him to make sure there's no further impact.
  
"A lot of the utility work has been completed in that area," Southard said. "The roadway is, I guess, a bit torn up."

The project will also go through re-bidding, hoping to get more bids from contractors from as far as Binghamton.
   
"It's a little bit out of the scope what's kind of been the norm of roadway projects," Southard said. "There's a lot of deep pipes, different things on the project, some of the aesthetics as well, but we think a lot of it was driven by the complication of the project."

Southard said the lowest bid was almost $1 million more than the budgeted $3.7 Million.

"Beyond just the roundabout feature and this project," Southard explained, "it's a very important project with everything going on."

The DPW hopes to get more bids by this summer. The project is now expected to be done next year.
 


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