Road construction blues and fear.
Yes, Main Street in Lake Geneva is all torn to hell. At least, for some of the businesses. Not all. So, the Geneva Shore Report went in to interview some of the business people who seemed like their locations were the most exposed to having nobody show up because of limited or completely shut down access. Those business owners, up and down parts of Maine Street and Wrigley were outspoken about how angry and upset they are about the construction, its unfortunate effects, and its bad timing.
One business owner, who happened to have a few friends at his site, seemed to sum it up when asked how business was going. He didn’t whisper or speak quietly when he replied. “Piss poor,” he said, loud enough to turn everyone’s head. The road work is necessary and there is no question that someone is going to pay a price when such construction, for the good of all, takes place. It’s a shame, but also a fact of life, that some businesses will suffer to the point of going out of business. That is sad for everyone, but there seems to be no fix in the system for such consequences. Business interruption insurance might be the answer, but what business carries that kind of rider on a policy prior to construction disaster occurring?
The roads and byways continue to be uprooted and torn apart. South Lake Shore Road, as you might turn west to driven into Fontana and before you get to the Reek School. Six months ago this stretch of road (on both sides of the road, actually) was torn up to put in replacement telephone and power wires. As it turns out, the poles were not a replacement but an addition. Since the power company could not discontinue or move services for cable television they had to leave the existing poles with those single or double wires alone. So the old poles sit dumpy, often angled and ugly on the other side of the bigger newer poles. How ambient and nice. Now they are tearing up that area again. The country club area across from the intersection where South Lake Shore turns to head east and west instead of north and south is being torn up to replace underground utilities. Who knew there were utilities underground in this (or any other) area? The utility company in question would be a simple person’s guess. Meanwhile, the discomfort of early summer becomes ever more apparent. First, the long winter of discontent as the roads are a mess from snow and freezing rain, and now the roads are a mess from repeated and continuous road rebuilding and utility replacements.