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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – From Buffalo Gap Road to Cypress Street, construction in the Key City seems never-ending, but milestones have been reached on many major projects.

A traffic change occurred at the intersection of Buffalo Gap and Rebecca Lane at 7 p.m. Wednesday, diverting traffic south of Rebecca Lane to a new pattern. The two-year project is scheduled to be completed this year, and Leslie Bivens, owner of Life of Pie, told KTAB/KRBC that the loss of business is frustrating, but she sees light at the end of the tunnel.

“It’s been pretty tough on business, not just for us, but for all the businesses in our strip. About two weeks ago, the road was closed from Buffalo Gap to Ridgemont on Rebecca, and that probably cut our business in half that Saturday, and the parking lot was a ghost town,” Bivens said. “We’re excited that the city is growing, and we know that any of this construction definitely means growth for Abilene, and we certainly support that.”

The Cypress Street project is now halfway through its first phase. Downtown coordinator Kate Alvarez said they are right on schedule.

“We’re making good progress and it looks like we’re going to meet the October 1 deadline for phase one. We won’t realize some of that until we see the concrete fall,” Alvarez said.

The city also expects commercial expansions, such as a Braum’s on Judge Ely Boulevard and a renovated Whataburger on Danville Drive.