Fruita construction slows some business

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Some businesses in downtown Fruita said they're feeling the effects of a city project.

The City of Fruita started making improvements near the Hot Tomato on Mulberry Street in August. They buried power lines, improved the storm drain and they are now repaving the area.

Last week, crews ran into a gas line that had to be moved, which caused part of the street to close.

Hot Tomato said it did see a dip in sales.

"But what I see the benefits of having this paved, and having a nice walkway for people to come through and more easily access us. To me, that's worth it, and it's going to look better," said Hot Tomato supervisor Aaron Knapp.

The nearby Vintage Common said they've taken a hit, too, but are appreciative of the city's investment.

The project costs about $300,000. It's expected to be completed around Dec. 16.

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