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The infrastructure under the street is also being redone, in what will likely be a two year project. The infrastructure under the street is also being redone, in what will likely be a two year project.
It has caused some disruption for existing businesses, like the elite and mayflower cafes. It has caused some disruption for existing businesses, like the elite and mayflower cafes.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Jackson's main drag, Capitol Street, is in the process of being returned to a two way street as it was for most of it's existence. The work has caused some problems for the businesses still left there.

In 1955, Capitol Street was two way and parking was allowed. It will be returned to a two way street but with much less parking than in the old days.

The infrastructure under the street is also being redone, in what will likely be a two year project. It has caused some disruption for existing businesses, like the elite and mayflower cafes.

Jerry Kountouris, who owns the Mayflower, estimates his lunch crowd is 40 per cent off and he is 30 per cent down in the evenings.

There are also lots of abandoned buildings downtown and that has also hurt.

John Ingram, manager of the parlor market, which has been here for a little over 3 years, is taking the disruption in stride.

"We have noticed a slight decline, since we started," said Ingram. "The worst part is really over, the sidewalk is being taken care of, I believe in November we will have this end of the street redone and they will move on to the next block. I think the whole project will be close to a year and a half. It has hurt us a little bit, but overall I am a born and raised Jacksonian. I am excited. Once we complete the renovation of downtown, it will bring more people down here and more business down here.

The Capitol Street project should be complete, in about 18 months.

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