Hwy. 101 construction could kill businesses

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SOLANA BEACH, Calif. – The roads in Solana Beach are torn up and once thriving business are on life support.

Half a dozen small businesses in Solana Beach are in danger of closing and the owners are blaming the mile long construction project that has blocked access to shops.

“They never consulted with any of us and the city is costing us thousands of dollars in business everyday,” said Chris Tatum, owner of Solana Beach Do It Yourself Dog Wash.

Solana Beach roadway constructionThe project was designed to bring more walking traffic to the area, but the 15-month construction period could end as many as seven businesses.

At the receiving end of the complaints is Solana Beach City Manager Dave Ott.

“We knew there would be pain in the short term, but we are getting the project done faster than we thought,” said Ott.

Some small business owners told Fox 5 that they are working on a lawsuit.

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