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New River Dr. Detour


River Drive construction in Davenport is here to stay for a while longer. Starting Monday, River Drive will be shut down to one lane from Onedia to Mound street for three weeks. 

If you're going eastbound towards Bettendorf, the detour won't affect you. But if you're going westbound, you'll have to Mound street up to 12th street, then head back down Onedia to River Drive.  

Businesses and drivers say this only adds to the mounting frustrations with the project. 

"It's definitely an inconvenience," Rudy's Tacos Manager John Fuller says. 

It will be a few more months of waiting for these orange construction cones to be off River Drive. A new detour has drivers confused, and the confusion is affecting business. 

"There's definitely a struggle," Employee at the Five Star Salon & Spa Dustin Roelle says, "There's an issue with timing, with people getting here."

At the salon and spa, clients are getting lost on the way to their appointments, pushing the schedule back and getting frustrated when they can't find their way. 

"They find themselves kind of running around neighborhoods they're unfamiliar with, that takes a little time, there's definitely frustration with it," Roelle says. 

At Rudy's Tacos, the lunch time rush isn't quite a rush any more. 

"Our business in general has slowed way way down," Fuller says, "A lot of people just avoid the area in general, just so they don't have to deal with it." 

And it's not just them; many business owners TV6 talked to say their business is noticeably down, some shops we walked into were completely empty, and businesses say the Village of East Davenport is almost like a ghost town. 

"Weekends are just dead," Fuller says, "It does seem like everyone thinks it's closed down." 

But all they can do is wait and hope they make it through a few more months. 

"It's one of the biggest worries is if we're going to be able to make a recovery after this," Fuller says. 

"The most frustrating thing about it is there's nothing you can do, you're on their time, just hope they can get it done as fast as they can," he says. 

Public Works crews are working down to the wire to install sewer pipes and get all four lanes of River Drive open by winter, but after that construction will continue into the spring for at least four weeks.

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