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Macomb bypass weeks away from opening

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The bypass is in its final stages of construction. The bypass is in its final stages of construction.
Percy had some concerns about the project. Percy had some concerns about the project.
Cox said she had changed her mind about the project. Cox said she had changed her mind about the project.
Mayor Inman said the bypass would be beneficial to the city. Mayor Inman said the bypass would be beneficial to the city.
Percy said she was considering putting a billboard by the bypass. Percy said she was considering putting a billboard by the bypass.
MACOMB, Ill. (WGEM) -

Lanes have been painted, and signs have been put up, but as the Macomb bypass project comes to a close, there are still mixed reactions on it.

Kathleen Percy is the owner of Piece to Peace Treasures in Macomb.

She said on Monday that when she moved her quilting shop to its current location, she saw an uptick in business.

"I was so excited to move to this location just a couple years ago and be right here on (Highway) 136, and it concerns me a little bit that we may lose a few customers to the bypass." Percy said.

With the project t in the final stages, businesses like Percy's could be affected. At New Copperfield's Book Service on the town square, owner Linda Cox said her thoughts on the project had changed.

"My very first thoughts when they first started building was oh my goodness we're going to be a ghost town, and now as it gets closer to opening, wow this is really an awareness of how important this town is to its inhabitants." Cox said.

Mayor Mike Inman added that the project will be beneficial to the city of Macomb, in helping draw more visitors to the area. However, he also said the city would have preferred to have a four lane highway instead of a two lane one.

"We'll continue to advocate for that, because at the end of the day that's what we can market best for the community." Mayor Inman said. "This short term solution is a way to get truck traffic out of the central part of downtown Macomb."

Business owners like Percy said while they are still concerned about the end result, it's time for the city to work even harder at bringing in new visitors. She added that she's considering putting a billboard out to help provide a spark.

"I think the ones that are going around town probably were sailing through town anyway." Percy said. "I think the ones that want to look for the small town businesses will still bring their families in, and enjoy what we have here in Macomb."

Mayor Inman also said that weather permitting, the bypass can open as soon as June 1st.

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