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Local Businesses Having Trouble Due To Michigan’s Roads

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(WLNS) - No matter what kind of car you drive you can probably agree that Michigan’s roads need some serious work.

On Thursday a business labor union rolled into town with a message for Michigan lawmakers and as 6 News Nick Perreault found out, businesses are on board as well.

"Michigan in particular has got a lot of bumpy parts, it has a lot patches that are tar missing.”

Scott Harris, the owner of the Everybody Reads bookstore, off Michigan Avenue says ever since he opened in 2006, he's finding less people coming in because the ride in is so rocky.

"We talk to people who haven't been in there in a while and they share it's difficult to get in the bookstore,” said Harris.

That’s why Harris is backing this local 499 group’s effort and their strong message to fix Michigan roads.

"We probably have up to 150 guys sitting on the bench waiting to get to the work,” said Dan Minton, Secretary Labors, local 499.

Dan Minton says they would benefit the union's pockets and area businesses.

"Provide for their families and be able to spend that money in the local areas and get business moving again.”

In the meantime a grant is allowing businesses along Michigan Avenue in Lansing to add picnic tables nearby to try at least to help bring in more foot traffic.

"As long as you have roads like this people are going to go elsewhere where just trying to do anything to get them here,” said Barbara Murray, owner, The Bead Boutique.

Now just how rough are sales? Scott says not only has business been down over the last few years, he's actually had to take another job to make up for sales he says he's lost because of the poor conditions of the roads along Michigan Avenue.

"This is just one obstacle that no matter how hard we look and hard we try to position ourselves, we can't overcome it, we can't stop people from not coming into the book store.”

So just as work's being done on the outside of the Capitol, these labor workers and business want legislators to get to work on the inside.
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