Rahahan said work resuming in the spring won't be good for business.
"The construction next year is going to impact us badly," Rahahan said. "It’s going to affect everybody. It hurts our business and customers. It’s hard to turn in and out of here. It’s going to be even worse next year.”
Bensinger said pushing back the completion of the Route 23 project has delayed plans the contractor already made for next year.
“This whole process hasn’t been a good thing, but it’s not horrible,” she said. “It’s just another kink in our schedule. We know there are so many businesses there, too. It’s a busy road.”
DeKalb Mayor Jerry Smith agreed that snags happen with construction.
"We have to understand and have some patience," he said. "This is a state project and we don't have much pull on how fast things are done on Sycamore Road.
Curran Group is currently bidding for other construction projects from the state, Bensinger said. She said the Curran Group hopes to land a tollway project in DeKalb County set to undergo construction next year.
“The maintenance on a major road like that is going to be a significant inconvenience for a period of time,” DiDiana said. “That goes with the territory. It would’ve been better if the state completed the project this year. But now our traveling public will have to suffer the consequences.”