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Monroe Street construction hurting local business

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Bookstore owner, Nathan Huston, says business in June was down 50% from last year because of construction. Bookstore owner, Nathan Huston, says business in June was down 50% from last year because of construction.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

There's a little bookstore near the corner of Monroe and College.

Nathan Huston, owner of Giant Nerd Books, has been in this spot for two-and-a-half-years.

Business has been growing, but this summer it came to more than a screeching halt.

“My June totals were about half of what they were in 2015,” said Huston. “They are improvements that everybody is gong to benefit from in the long term and it would just be nice if I don’t go broke before that happens.”

Huston says current roadwork on Monroe Street and the recent construction of Summit Parkway caused traffic to back up so bad that it blocked the front of his store.

“At one point traffic was backed up as far as REI, back up at Boone,” said Huston. “I’m not sure if it’s the city or the construction company that the city contracts that’s responsible for this fiasco but fix it.”

Huston admits the construction is needed, but doesn't know why the city chose to do two major projects at the same time all within one mile of each other.

According to the city, priority for street repairs are based on pavement condition, volume and type of traffic, utility work planned for the street, and cost of the work.

Huston says since the Summit Parkway signal was finished a couple of weeks ago, things have been a little better, but doesn't know how many more projects his little bookstore can go through.

“You tighten your belt and you soldier on.”

For a list scheduled 2016 road projects, click here.

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