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Golf range owner says construction is driving business away

It probably seems like you’re running into road work just about everywhere you go this summer and spending extra time getting around, but what if it was costing you business?
Fayetteville (WSYR-TV) – It probably seems like you’re running into road work just about everywhere you go this summer and spending extra time getting around, but what if it was costing you business?

Route 5 in Fayetteville is usually heavily traveled, but part of it is closed for a culvert replacement.

One business owner says he can’t afford the disruption it’s causing his business.

Four Seasons Golf and Ski Center owner John Goodfellow says when you run a driving range, there are only about three to four months a season for making money.

So shutting down a road for several weeks that carries around 10,000 cars a day past your business can be costly.

“Listen to the traffic up there on the highway, there's not much at all. I stand out here and watch from the front door and wonder where is everybody. They aren't going by here,” Goodfellow said.

Green Lakes State Park, just down the road from Four Seasons, has a golf course but no driving range.

Goodfellow says many people would stop at his place and hit a few golf balls before moving on to Green Lakes.

Since the construction project, he says that doesn't happen nearly as much.

“A lot of our traffic is one and two times maybe a year. They come into Fayetteville and run into a road block, do they really know how to get here? It's fairly easy to get here if you come up Salt Springs Road and over Duguid, it's five minutes longer maybe, but most people don't know that,” Goodfellow said.

Goodfellow says it’s a business he’s always trying to reinvest in, so he’s hoping people do find a way to get here before the road reopens.

The project to replace the culvert is expected to last until August.

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