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Updated: 10/25/2013 03:29:15PM

Turn-lane closure causes local businesses angst

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SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com
Some business owners, such as at Imperial Pizza, say they will have problems now that the state is shutting down access to the turn lane near their plaza along Granada Boulevard. A nearby Dollar Store under construction is causing a need for the change in traffic flow in that area of U.S. 41.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com

The ability to make a left turn coming out of Grobe Street has been blocked by FDOT. The state extended the nearby Granada Boulevard left-turn lane on U.S. 41 to create a U-turn for motorists.

SUN PHOTO BY ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH, eallen@sun-herald.com
The ability to make a left turn coming out of Grobe Street has been blocked by FDOT. The state extended the nearby Granada Boulevard left-turn lane on U.S. 41 to create a U-turn for motorists.

By ELAINE ALLEN-EMRICH

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NORTH PORT — Imperial Pizza owner Molly Tagtow is outraged the state has shut down easy access to her business for some of her customers.

“I am extremely upset and yes — this is gonna kill me,” she said as a Florida Department of Transportation crew worked Tuesday morning near Imperial Pizza in the Pelican Plaza, tearing up the turn lane across from Grobe Street on U.S. 41, and filling it in with grass so it cannot be used by motorists. The FDOT then extended the left-turn lane leading to the Granada Boulevard turn lane, which will serve as a U-turn for motorists.

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