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Wornall construction continues as frustration mounts

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 19:45:28-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For the first time in months, business owners in Waldo along Wornall Road on Friday did not have construction workers in front of their businesses.

Crews repairing sewer, water and gas lines under the street moved south to continue repairs on a residential area near 85th and Wornall.

Traffic on Wornall is flowing smoothly in front of the businesses and customers can once again access the businesses’ parking lots.

John Paul Redman owns Waldo Darkside Tattoo and body piercing. He admitted that he is relieved he can look outside and the construction workers are not there, but Redman said his business is still suffering.

“Business is not back to normal because so much construction over such a long period of time; people have decided to avoid Wornall,” Redman explained.

He remembers how construction in front of his business blocked customers who wanted to come in and get a tattoo.

“There have been a few days when they have completely shut-down our parking lot both entrances and a couple days where they shut down the entire street so no one could get into our business,” Redman explained.

Redman and other Waldo businesses along Wornall Road are bracing for another hit to their bottom line.

When construction crews finish renovating water, sewer and gas lines under the street, those workers will return to re-surface Wornall Road in front of businesses and residential areas.