“3 years is a long time to just barely get by, just barely get by, just barely get by,” owner Natesha Ritter-Martinez of Joe’s Restaurant says.
For as long as Joe’s Restaurant has been open, Natesha Ritter-Martinez has been struggling to keep it that way.
“People would just prefer to drive on than to stop here in Phoenix,” Ritter-Martinez says.
Road construction on Highway 99 and the I-5 exit began months after they opened in 2013, an it’s been causing headaches for them ever since.
“Closed because of gas line ruptures a couple times, our entrance here has been cut off completely for a couple of months,” Ritter-Martinez adds, “tens of thousands of revenue loss each year because of it.”
That project is one of a handful that the Joint Transportation Committee will be visiting, in an effort to see where current infrastructure is working, and what problems need to be addressed.
Ritter-Martinez hopes communication with areas that will be impacted by transportation projects will be at the forefront.
“Survey the local businesses, see the impact and maybe create a program that will help businesses throughout the construction processes.”
A public hearing wrapped up at 7Wednesday night. The committee will take the information it gathers back to Salem to create a transportation plan for the upcoming legislative session.
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