Business Owners Adjust to Pushaw Road Closure 

The recent heavy rain caused the washout of a culvert on the Pushaw Road in Bangor. The DOT says that section of the road will be closed for a week or two while repairs are made.The road closure is forcing business owners and their customers to find alternate routes.As Meghan Hayward tells us, it’s adding some time to their daily errands.”We go to Gosselin’s Donuts in downtown Bangor every morning to pick up their product and bring it back to the store and it’s adding another 10 to 15 minutes to my morning every day, which starts at 3:30 in the morning.”Heavy rains and the rising waters of a local brook have washed out a five foot wide culvert on the Pushaw Road, causing traffic to be detoured.”I’m taking the Orono Road over to Essex. I don’t know if it’s the fastest way, but I like Essex Street. I like the view and I like the ride. So if I have to go the long way, that’s at least the enjoyable way of going about it.”David Hutchinson, owner of the Checkout Convenience Store in Glenburn, is getting a lot of questions from customers.”They’re wondering if it’s still closed. They knew it was closed yesterday and they’re wondering if it is today. So I think they’re not aware of how long this process is going to take and if they’re going to have to make adjustments to the road.”A DOT spokesperson says the stone culvert will be replaced with a steel pipe and depending on the weather, that could take one to two weeks.Which could affect business.”A lot of people use 221 and then the Pushaw Road connects to it on the other end. So instead of going through here and wind their way down Essex Street or Orono Road. I’m going to be kind of out of their way.”The folks at Tuffy Bear Discount Furniture says while it’s a bit of an inconvenience, they promise to make the trip worthwhile for their customers.And they’ll have to a do a little more planning for some deliveries.”It takes us a little bit longer, but it’s not a big deal. Something we’re going to deal with and something Mother Nature threw at us and we’ll just deal with it.”