JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There are no more orange barrels and heavy equipment outside the Jacksonville Landing.
Construction on the roundabout is finally complete. It was done a few days early, much to the delight of pedestrians and business owners who said the construction was hurting their bottom line.
"When we started the construction on our shop it was open. Then they tore up that roundabout," said Sherry Lyford.
Lyford recently opened up the River City Gourmet Shoppe at the Landing.
"With the Mayor and his initiative to build downtown, we thought that this is the place to be because we need to see Jacksonville grow again," said Lyford.
That decision was made when the roundabout outside the Landing was in tact. But Lyford soon noticed a reduction in traffic at the urban mall after the city once again
began construction on the roundabout. Because of some grout issues, the city decided to re-install the stone bricks.
Several surrounding roads were closed. Business owners complained it was putting a halt to sales.
The construction was slated to wrap up September 5th, but to the pleasant surprise of business owners....the project wrapped up a few days early on Friday.
"It must have been about noon and the trolley came in and the traffic was moving again," said Lyford.
There are no more barriers. Lyford says it's just in time for the Labor Day weekend.
"Oh it was amazing. It was amazing. We were quite shocked at the difference in the amount of people that walked through," said Lyford.
She hopes the boom in traffic continues throughout the rest of the year and beyond at the Jacksonville Landing.
"I think it's a good thing. And we can be at the beginning of the revitalization of downtown Jacksonville," said Lyford.