SPRING LAKE, North Carolina (WTVD) — Several businesses in the Spring Lake area have been forced to close because of construction on nearby roadways.

Business owners said construction along Highway 87 and Highway 24 has been killing their business for months, and they believe more stores could soon be moving out.

Andrew Early, the owner of Bayou Seafood, said they handpicked their location because of the traffic in the area, but lately, that’s been their biggest downfall.

He said posted signs telling drivers where to go wasn’t enough to keep their business alive.

Early thought he struck gold when he opened Bayou Seafood.

“60 (thousand) to 80,000 cars come through this intersection, so we thought if we can get at least one percent of that we’d do great,” he said.

But the Spring Lake, seafood favorite closed down in April after the construction along Highways 87 and 24 became an obstruction.

“There are some days where it would take you 20 to 30 minutes to get from the Honeycutt Gate on Bragg to this light,” he said. “No one has 20 to 30 minutes to sit in traffic.”

Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App

Read more…