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The construction on Colorado Street is driving people crazy and away from businesses stuck behind it.

"Traffic gets backed up, people get really vexed when they merge and people have bad attitudes driving," said Jessica Shadoiam, Austin resident. "The foot traffic is terrible."

From the inside of Kenichi, what used to be a great place for "people-watching" is now a view of the construction. Joshua Hallum, the manager says it's been promise after promise from the city that the construction would end.

"It's been a struggle but supposedly it's supposed to wrap up soon," said Hallum.

A city spokesperson admits there have been delays but crews are working longer hours to make up the time.

Hallum says a lot of their regulars have really helped keep them afloat.

"It's nearly impossible to get here but people still come out to support us but we have a great support team," said Hallum. "We've had to get more creative."

R.J. Montemayor manager of Ten Oak says they've only been open for a year and a half. With the construction blocking their entrance, they have to work harder to get people in the door.

"Having more events, having parties because it's nearly impossible to get here. Two days ago the only way you could get here was from Congress. So you had to approach from Congress then take the sidewalk all the way over," said Montemayor.

The street reconstruction project started back in April. Although it will look good in the end, these businesses wish the city would of made it easier for customers to access each business.

"Ya know you dodge some cars, play frog when you cross the street and you wind up with some great food ya know. We still have the best sushi in Austin," said Hallum.

The city says this part of the project on Colorado between 3rd Street and 5th Street will wrap up within a month. The project is part of 2006 bond package.

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