Business owners along route 611 in Monroe County are feeling the financial strains of the massive reconstruction of the entire roadway.
They say the construction patterns have gotten worse since last year causing the loss of more business.
There weren't nearly as many markers before because they weren't working on the road itself, but now that they've gotten to the paving, more markers mean more confusion for drivers. One business owner says they didn't feel they had a say in any of the planning or signage with PennDOT.
"We weren't part of any of those decisions. We weren't given any idea of what's going to happen. We just get cones put in front of our building and I feel like it's not fair to everyone out here." said Jean-Luc Vitiello, owner of Pocono Brewery Company
Vitiello said his business was born in a construction zone, but never knew it until he was just ready to open in 20-17. He said finances aren't nearly as good as they can be which has forced him to cut staff.
"This is our summer time, we're in June. Kids are out of schools, tourists are coming to town and they're just not making their way to 611," Vitiello said, "So since people aren't coming out we can't staff to full capacity."
Alfred Johnson from Pocono Cheesecake Factory said people aren't pulling over because turning left into parking lots is a nightmare at rush hour times. He's seen cars wait so long they just keep going.
"I quite often see cars and wait and wait and wait and finally just give up and continue going north," Johnson said, "Now whether or not they turn around and come back or not I don't know."
Senator Mario Scavello spoke with businesses Wednesday and understands their complaints, but said this is a complex project.
"You're not just paving a road."
He said 611 is being primed to be a robust roadway for businesses with most of the work not relating to paving. Sewage lines and electrical poles had to be moved back, storm sewers needed to be installed, and they needed extra permits to install natural gas lines. Senator Scavello said you want these done all at one shot so they don't have to rip up the road again a year or two later.
"And I don't think anyone in that room disagreed that we should've put it in before we do the road rather than come back later on and do the road." Senator Scavello said, "They did those things in the old days, we don't do that anymore."
The reason it's not being done in a timely fashion is the rain. There were 80 inches of rain in 2018. Work can't be done when it's pouring, and there's a chance it gets worse.
"They were out there maybe two days a week because of the rain and this year we're already ahead six percent on last year's numbers." said Senator Scavello.
PennDOT officials expect the project to be complete by October of 2020. Although it's hard to deal with now, business owners we spoke with today say the payoff will be worth the wait.