UPDATE @ 11:22 a.m.
Shroyer Rd. in Oakwood has reopened after being closed for several months.
Oakwood officials decided to make the changes — which include bike lanes and pedestrian crossings — after a 2016 study raised safety concerns.
Restaurants and retail shops on the Dayton-Oakwood border are feeling the pinch from a road-construction project that will force a week-long shutdown of Shroyer Road in Oakwood starting next Wednesday, Oct. 4.
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Contractors for the city of Oakwood have been working on the Oakwood portion of Shroyer all year, changing it from a four-lane road to one lane in each direction with medians and turn lanes in the middle. The re-designed road will close for about a week starting Wednesday for repaving, Oakwood officials said earlier this week.
The road construction and closures are not directly in front of the businesses on the Dayton side, but are within a few hundred feet, and will limit convenient access to their businesses from the south. There will be detours marked during the road closure.
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“The first week of construction, which consisted of one lane each way, reduced our lunch business by about 50 percent,” said Bob Byers, owner of Carmel’s Bar & Grill at 1025 Shroyer Road. “At lunch, people have time constraints, so the worry of access was there. Our evening traffic was reduced about 25 percent. During this past week of full closure, our lunch as well as dinner business remained off about 45 percent.”
Byers will maintain Carmel’s regular hours next week. “However, we have a slightly reduced staff,” he said. “We will not punish the employees for this short-term problem. We are dealing with it with voluntary reductions to scheduling.”
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Bill Stump, franchise owner of the Dairy Queen restaurant and ice cream shop at 1042 Shroyer Road across the street from Carmel’s, has had a similar experience.
“The first few days they shut down, my business went boom,” Stump said, gesturing downward with his hand. “It did come back, but not fully. I’m a little worried this time around when it closes again.”
Justin Livingston, co-owner of Moore Dessert Please at 1003 Shroyer Road, has already appealed to the shop’s customers earlier this fall for their support during the construction, and said he will do so again when next week’s closure occurs.
“I want everybody to know we’re still here, we’re still open, and please help us get through this second closure,” Livingston said.
Carmel’s owner Byers sounded a note of optimism. “Many of our customers are single-minded and found their way among the detours,” he said. “This past weekend many guests from Oakwood, Kettering and Patterson Park told me they made a point of maintaining their regular visits for the sake of our staff. We all are very grateful.”
A bartender at the Shoyer Inn next to Dairy Queen said he has seen little impact from the project. “Our customers find a way to get to us,” he said.
Oakwood’s $1.26 million Shroyer project is funded 60 percent by federal transportation money and 40 percent by the city. Oakwood officials decided to make the changes — which include bike lanes and pedestrian crossings — after a 2016 study raised safety concerns.
• Staff writer Jeremy P. Kelley contributed to this report.