Construction slows business for Coeur d'Alene shop owner

Construction on Seltice Way and Atlas began three weeks ago and his scuba shop is located right in the middle.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- Tom’s Diving in Coeur d’Alene has lost almost all of their business because of closed roads due to city construction.

“Last week gross sales were $19.50 because no one can get here and nobody knows the road is open,” said Tim McCall owner of Tom’s Diving. 
 
Construction on Seltice Way and Atlas began three weeks ago and his scuba shop is located right in the middle.

“Every access to here says closed. There are three sets of barricades within 400 yards of the shop,” McCall shared from an empty shop.

Black Friday is usually a busy day with people looking to buy gear for their tropical vacations. McCall said not one person came into the shop. McCall said on days like today when there is no construction being done, the city should open the streets up or provide signage.

“There are zero signs saying we are in business or even here and still open,” he said.  
 
Although McCall said even he was not able to access his property at one point, city leaders say otherwise.

“We know it’s not ideal to close roads but we have provided local access throughout all of this”, said Chris Bosley the city engineer in Coeur d’Alene.

Bosley said they plan to have construction done and roads open by December 8.

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