St. Charles stores preparing for Black Friday ease with construc -

St. Charles stores preparing for Black Friday ease with construction complete

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ST. CHARLES ( -- The promise was met to complete the Fifth Street Interchange Project ahead of the holiday season and stores in St. Charles are thrilled. 

"We're real excited, it impacted us a little bit but people still found their way around here but now that's it all done, the access is going to be all the better so we're just real excited with how it looks," said Ryan McDonald, manager at Bass Pro Shop on Fifth Street. 

Shop owners along Main Street and stores like Bass Pro Shop were concerned the effect construction might have on holiday shopping which is why crews worked to meet the aggressive deadline and complete the project that brings new exit ramps on and off I-70 by November 23. 

. “We needed to have Fifth Street open and accessible to traffic for the holiday season. Construction didn’t start until March 7, and our deadline was November 23, so it was a very aggressive schedule. But it was met. It can happen," said County Executive Steve Ehlmann. 

Shoppers were thrilled as well. Many starting the deal hunting on Thanksgiving day. 

"Super exited about that it will really help with traffic flow," said Linda Murphy while shopping with her family at Bass Pro Shop. 

There are still components left of the Fifth Street Project, the entire project is supposed to be complete by April 2017. 

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