Benson Businesses Fed Up With Road Blocks

Businesses in Benson say sales haven't been great in the past month.

They don't think it's the economy, rather, customers are having trouble getting to them.

They say it's a plumber behind schedule who is blocking the road.

On Maple Street in Benson, business owners say traffic is too light.

On the east end, a beautification project is blocking one path.

However, they say the problem they have is with a different project on the west end, blocking the other side.

They say Prince Plumbing has spent a month installing a water line into a new business.

Business owners say after about a month of this work blocking traffic, they're losing a lot of customers.

James Kavan, owner of the Imaginarium, says he's lost half his sales.

“This is how I provide for my family, is selling things here. I can't sell to no customers. Right now I don't have a single customer in his store because of his inept ability to be a plumber," he says.

The district engineer says Prince Plumbing did have a permit to block the road for the installation, but says the job should have only taken a couple of days.

After this long, many of the business owners are getting frustrated, like Sarah Johnson, owner of the Omaha Bicycle Company.

“I don't sometimes know why I have a barista in the afternoon, because we don't really serve a whole lot of coffee right now,” she says.

After receiving complaints, the state has gotten involved, being that Maple is technically a highway.

Kavan hopes the process will speed up now, to get people back on the street.

“People need to come out and experience Benson, but they need to know, you can get here again. Come out and see us,” says Kavan.

Channel 6 spoke with Brian Prince of Prince Plumbing, and he declined to comment on the issue.

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