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Limited access concerns Isaacs Avenue businesses

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WALLA WALLA, Washington – With the Isaacs Avenue reconstruction project well underway, the city and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce are trying to keep businesses and residents that are affected the work advised of the latest information regarding the project.

Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO Kyle Tarbet recently went door-to-door to visit the businesses along Isaacs Avenue and said most of the businesses knew of the reconstruction project, but some of the businesses, primarily coffee shops, pizza restaurants and taco shops, were concerned about how limited access to their locations would affect business during construction.

“Access to business is everything,” Tarbet said. “You have to be able to get people to your door no matter what product you’re trying to sell or service that you offer.”

The estimated $9 million project includes complete reconstruction of utilities, traffic signals, sidewalks, driveways, and the roadway on Isaacs Ave. from Division Street through Wilbur Avenue; a maintenance seal from Wilbur Avenue to the Airport/Tausick intersection; and traffic signal improvements at the Airport/Tausick/Isaacs intersection.

Tarbet also said some business owners shared with him that they are having problems with their sewer and water.

“They’re very excited to have that replaced,” Tarbet added. “Underneath, there are sewer lines and water lines that are aging. There’s some leaks, there’s some breaks in some of those lines as well, which means that we’re losing resources. You know, water is such a valuable resource or we’re contaminating the environment underneath because those sewer lines are leaking. So replacing that is a big deal as well.”

The city said over the next three weeks, the work on the project will be primarily on the sewers. However, there will be no sewer service interruption as connections will be made to the new sewer main prior to removing the old one.

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