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St. Charles businesses relieved Fifth Street construction is complete

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Fifth Street construction in St. Charles County (Credit: KMOV) Fifth Street construction in St. Charles County (Credit: KMOV)
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Workers and employers at businesses in St. Charles are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that the Fifth Street construction project is complete.

"Now that everything is done, everything is back to normal. People are coming and going just like they did," said William Merritt, a worker at OrangeTheory Fitness, a new gym at the Streets of St. Charles.

The end goal was for the new Fifth Street interchange to make it easier for people to get to new businesses in the Streets of St. Charles, as well as along Fifth Street, and to the historic district on Main Street. The work along Fifth Street also made it more walkable and pedestrian friendly.

New businesses at the Streets of St. Charles were among those that that said things slowed down during the construction, city leaders said that is expected.

"Construction always has some sort of impact on the area around it.  However, we believe business in St. Charles during the 5th Street project construction remained strong," said city leaders via Public Information Manager Beth Norviel.

"When we opened back in September, there was a lot of traffic coming through here in the Streets of St. Charles but slowly as construction started to pick up, traffic slowed down and then in mid-October, there was about a two week drought  when traffic was very slow because the streets were all closed," said Merritt.

Relieved the construction is behind them, businesses are now focusing on the traffic the new interchange is bringing in.          

"I have had a few clients come through and tell us around the rush hour times, early in the morning and 5:15 in the afternoon, it’s a lot smoother from the exits because of the extra exit they added near First Street Capitol and the extra lanes they added down on Fifth Street so people seem to be happy," said Merritt.

City leaders are touting the fulfillment of their promise that construction for the diverging diamond interchange would be finished just in time for a busy shopping season.

"The completion of the project came right in time for the height of holiday shopping, so that has allowed the businesses to take advantage of the new entryway during the busy time of year," said Norviel.

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