Road Project Starts Wednesday In Downtown Coweta

Wednesday, September 18th 2019, 9:00 am
By: Joseph Holloway

Drivers in Coweta are seeing some lane closures on downtown's busiest street.

Starting Wednesday morning, the city says the southbound lane of Broadway, also known as Highway 72, will be shut down between Oak and Pecan Streets so ODOT crews can resurface the street. The southbound lane is closed today, then O-DOT will switch over to the northbound lane tomorrow.

Some business owners say while it may be inconvenient, they're choosing to see it as a sign of progress.

"We have worked so hard to drive businesses here, drive retail, dining, different options here," said business owner Misty Edwards.

Misty Edwards owns 4 Tons of Blessings boutique and says other downtown business owners have been waiting for a long time for this project.  There's been a lot of growth in Downtown Coweta, but she says current street conditions have kept some people away from downtown. 

"We have had a lot of negative feedback about people not wanting to come downtown because of the condition of the roads. So having this overlay project [means] they won't have that excuse anymore, and we're gonna make it worth their while to come downtown" said Edwards. 

It's only a two-day project but Edwards says she believes it'll drive more customers to these shops in the Broadway district. 

"It's something that the community wants, something that the business owners want so we're happy to actually see it coming to fruition," said Edwards.

The city says to expect limited parking in this area over the next couple of days.