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Lake Placid road work affecting some downtown businesses

LAKE PLACID - Motorist on Interlake Boulevard at DeVane Circle will likely face a new arrangement of road signs and roadway striping Monday morning with the plans to change the configuration to give the right-of-way to traffic on the circle.

Currently traffic entering the circle has the right-of-way.

After road work, a road closure and detour, the right-of-way change will take place this weekend, weather permitting, said County Engineer Ramon Gavarrete.

West Interlake Boulevard will be closed from Main Avenue to North Tangerine Drive starting at 5 a.m. today until 5 a.m. Monday, according to the county engineering department.

Detour routes will be posted. A map of the detour shows a route north on North Tangerine Drive and then east on Heartland Boulevard to U.S. 27.

Gavarrete said hopefully the road work will be completed on Sunday afternoon.

The changes on the circle are part of road project that includes adding a third lane (turning lane) on West Interlake Boulevard from DeVane Circle to Tangerine Boulevard and adding right-turn lanes and left-turn lanes to and from Green Dragon Drive and Tangerine Boulevard.

Paving crews were working Friday and will continue paving Saturday and Sunday on the project, Gavarrete said. The road stripers will work on Sunday.

Dennis Mann, who owns the Happy Chef restaurant with his wife, Linda, posted a sign on his front door Friday stating the restaurant will "be forced to close" Saturday and Sunday.

Located on the circle, Mann said when the road closes his customers would have to drive out of their way to get to his restaurant.

"People are not going to do that," he said. "We will probably lose $1,500 or $1,600 on Sunday alone. The people that come from the churches up that way are not going to go all out of their way to go around."

Dennis Borbely, who owns the Circle Second Hand Shop next door to the Happy Chef, asked Mann one question, "You mean to tell me there is no way to get to this place?"

Both business owners wondered why the road work/road closure isn't done during the summer when business is much slower.