Road construction hurts business on High Point Road in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. – The North Carolina Department of Transportation started a road-widening project on High Point Road in October 2012. More than two years later, it's still not finished, and businesses there say it's affecting their bottom lines.

Lovie Zeko, the owner of Zeko's Pizzeria and Grill, said her dinner sales are down 70 percent since construction started in front of her restaurant, and she's had to cut back on hours overall.

"If you look at our signs, you'll see it says Zeko's Pizzeria and Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner," she said. "We actually shut down breakfast."

To make ends meet, Zeko said she started a food truck to supplement her sit-down options.

"We can actually go outside to get to our customers," she said.

Zeko said the food truck is what has enabled her to keep the restaurant running.

"It was a breath of fresh air," she said. "It couldn't have happened at a better time."

The past few days have been especially good for food truck business, she said, because she has stationed it at the ACC Tournament inside Fan Fest.

"When it's completely loaded, we can feed about 1,500 people," she said. "Over the last three days, we've had to load it three or four times a day."

The NCDOT said the road widening should be complete by November 2015. Zeko said she is trying to hang in there, but that can't come soon enough.

"When you make an investment like we've made into this business, it's not easy just to shut it down," she said. "You do what it takes. My family, my husband, myself, we take up the slack.
Sometimes we go without a check that week just to keep it going through all of this."

The budgeted cost for the road construction is $60 million.