"High Street" has become one of those taboo phrases in Moose Jaw, joining the list of "cast iron" and "Multiplex".

The frustration and tension has built up for residents, business owners, and local crews after the stretch of pavement has created a burden on the city of Moose Jaw. 

Months and months went by before the road was being fixed, which subsequently turned to rubble at one point. Residents could almost see tumbleweeds roll across the road after people refused to take their cars and trucks down one of Moose Jaw's main areas, while the city and contractors went back and fourth trying to figure out various issues. 

John Hallet is the Owner of Inspiration Decor on the 300 block of High Street and know the headaches that come along with road closures and construction as well as anyone who works or lives in the area. 

"It's really nice that it's open now; it's nice and smooth. It would be a little bit better if the City promoted that to let people know that it is open instead of just saying it's almost done, but it's getting a little bit better now," said Hallet.

He noted that some business owners suffered so much loss of revenue it forced them to close their doors; for him, it means he's down tens of thousands of dollars in revenue in the past year or so. 

"It hurt some of us, some of us were barely able to keep our doors open, but some of us survived so we're hoping that it'll get better.... Myself, I'm probably right around $65,000 to $70,000 and I know some other places are up quite a bit more than that."

Hallet also added that despite the City saying they will keep residents, business owners and landlords in the loop about progress, he said his calls aren't being returned. 

"They said they keep giving updates and they say that's what their commitment is, but that's about as far as they would go. I've called them a couple times about some other stuff concerning the front with water building up on the front of my street and engineers just kind of ignored me for the last couple of months and [have] not returned my phone calls.... to me, I just don't think they care about us."

According to the City of Moose Jaw in their last report on High Street, this week was supposed to be one of their final ones on site, with construction nearing completion. 

 

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