Construction project impacts Tulsa business, shoppers

TULSA, Okla. — A small business owner said he’s being negatively impacted by construction.

Construction crews have been working near West First Street South for most of June. Shaun Matthews owns The Racks, and he says his business has been suffering due to the project.

Even though the specific project near his business is a railroad project, and not the City of Tulsa’s, he said regardless construction in front of small businesses can hurt them.

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“You’re driving passed the business you want to go to and have to make a U-turn or go blocks out of the way, or even park six blocks away just to grab a sandwich at your favorite deli,” he said.

The City of Tulsa said there is a development project scheduled near The Racks that hasn’t started yet. The city adds there’s 94 active capitol improvement projects, 45 active infrastructure project, and 15 water meter projects happening throughout the city.

Matthews said the railroad project happening near his business is causing him a 35-percent loss in sales for June. He adds he knows his fellow small businesses around the city are feeling the impacts of construction, too.

“It just seems like there’s no end to it and there’s no feasible plan in place. It’s a lot of cones, very little work, a lot of inconvenience and hardship for small business owners,” Matthews said.

FOX23 reached out to Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad to see if there’s an update on the project near The Racks. We have not heard back yet.