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Businesses say Shell Beach Road construction has impacted sales

The project is set to cost the city about $13 million.
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Posted at 4:32 PM, Jan 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-11 19:36:02-05

Local businesses in Shell Beach are saying the lack of parking and the loud construction noise is impacting their sales.

“People are going to come in and buy retail products from us and do rentals and if they can’t get here then they'll bypass us,” said Tom Reilly, the co-owner of Central Coast Kayaks.

Reilly says many customers have complained about having to come back a different week after they were unable to find parking.

The city said they understand business are being impacted, but are working as quickly as possible to make sure the project is complete according to schedule in June.

“We’re installing a lot of the decorative elements on the East side of the street, so the paves are going in. The trees are starting to be installed and all the irrigation lines are in on this side of the street,” said Jorge Garcia, the management service director for Pismo Beach.

Garcia said the road will be completed in June.

The project began in September of 2018 and is set to cost the city about $13 million.

“We’ve been working diligently with our contractor and our project manager has been on site every day to make sure we’re keeping tabs and as of right now we’re still on budget,” said Garcia.

Once complete, the constructed road will include an eight-foot-wide multi-use path for bicycles and pedestrians.