Broadway construction approaching 1-year anniversary, businesses still struggling

Construction remains on budget, on time


SAN ANTONIO – On Thursday, the entrance to Groveland Street was closed as construction crews worked on underground utilities. 

The street, which connects to Broadway, serves as a way in and out for local restaurants like Subway and Cheesy Jane's, located along the iconic -- and busy -- San Antonio street.

Patrons could still find their way in, but parking was not easy to come by.

Inside Subway, business was slow. According to the manager, around $5,000-$6,000 per week have been lost due to the construction in front of the popular sandwich venue.

Meanwhile, across the street at Cheesy Jane's, changes have been made.

"We're not closing, we're just running at a little lower staff," said owner Jon Lindskog.

Lindskog said the lunch crowd numbers have continued to take a slide, but acknowledged there was a positive to all the construction.

"In the end, it's going to help everybody," said Lindskog. "Hildebrand's going to be better; (and) Broadway's going to be eight lanes instead of five."

According to the City of San Antonio, the capital improvement project is on schedule and on budget. 

The work will allow for much-needed enhancements to safety and driving conditions along Broadway and Hildebrand. The stretch in front of Subway and Cheesy Jane's will undergo work through January as workers install underground utilities. 

The city also said they planned to keep in close contact with the businesses affected.

In the meantime, businesses are asking for patience, continued support, and for patrons to follow signs to find their way through the construction.

The project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2014.  Weekly construction updates can be found at this website.

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