As construction rolls on, don’t be afraid to use the back door

Construction has been underway in downtown St. Marys since the end of last month, and while things seem to be moving briskly along on schedule, there are a few important things to keep in mind.

First, our downtown businesses are making an effort to stay open by putting up signs and posting to their social media accounts any new details their customers should know about their hours and entrances. Many are even offering deals during the construction process. So, we shouldn’t be afraid to pop in the back door of some of these Queen Street businesses. We’re sure the owners and employees will appreciate it.

Second, it’s important to pay attention to the signage posted – currently – between Water and Church. Specifically, that means no left turns. Without a dedicated turning lane, your left turn signal really annoys other drivers who wind up missing green lights stuck behind you, and it clogs up downtown with drivers trying to pass straight on through like they’re supposed to.

Finally, for us downtown workers giving up their usual parking spaces for local shoppers and walking an extra block or two from our vehicles each day, or for the average St. Marys resident who just doesn’t much enjoy the orange-and-brown tinged look of downtown as it appears right now, we encourage everyone to be patient – just think how fantastic the downtown will look when it’s all over. And when it is, we won’t have to deal with it again for another 45 years or so.

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