Crews are moving equipment into place for a multi-year, $23 million road construction project on Madison's west side that has some business managers concerned.
Work is scheduled to begin May 20 at Mineral Point Road and Junction Road, which turns into County Road M. The corner is one of the city's busiest intersections.
"County M is a major north-south corridor on the west side," said Chris Petykowski, the city's project engineer. "A lot of people use it, and it's backed up quite a bit."
Engineers have designed an overpass so that southbound Junction Road traffic doesn't have to stop at Mineral Point. Drivers can continue south or use a jug-handle style exit ramp to get onto Mineral Point.
Northbound drivers will still have to stop. Crews will widen both roads.
Work at the intersection is scheduled to continue until fall 2014, although the roads will remain partially open during construction.
The disruption has some business managers concerned that their customers may become confused.
"I'm sure we'll get some phone calls," said Dusty Moris, the store manager at Trek Bicycles on Mineral Point.
The store will put a plan in place for how to explain directions to customers who aren't as familiar with the shop as repeat clients, Moris said.
"If it's a place where I loved going to, and I loved shopping at, I don't think (construction) would stop me," he said. "It's (new) customers that I have a little more concern for in terms of how to get here."
One business, Steve's Liquor, moved to a new location further north on Junction Road. The shop's old building is losing its road access because of the new overpass.
The manager at Frugal Muse bookstore said he also has concerns about the traffic flow in the area.
The temporary dirt and delays are worth it for shorter commutes and better safety, Petykowski said.
"We really think that, once the project's done, we'll accomplish (those things)," he said.
The intersection work is part of a broader project that includes widening County Road M further south, towards a new traffic circle at South Pleasant View Road. The entire undertaking is scheduled for completion in 2016.