Businesses along Broadway isolated, lose customers after Pulaski closure

It has been 12 days since the New York-bound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway were shut down, and several shops along one of the alternate routes say the detour is hurting their business. (4/24/14)

JERSEY CITY - It has been 12 days since the New York-bound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway were shut down, and several shops along one of the alternate routes say the detour is hurting their business.

A jughandle off of Truck 1 and 9 that had led straight to businesses on Broadway was closed, and the stores say they are losing customers.

Elio Varona, who owns the 30 Minute Oil Change, says it's a major problem. "By closing the jughandle, they are closing the entrance to our block and by doing that they are going to put us out of business sooner or later," he says.

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Varona says trucks coming northbound can't turn in to his dead-end street, forcing him to close his business early.

Alan Udell says that since the jughandle closed, City Check Cashing has seen a 10 to 15 percent drop in business. "What's frustrating is you spend a lot of time building up relationships, and unbeknownst to you, they close down a jughandle and now you maybe lost them forever," he says.

The businesses say they will remain open and hope their customers can find a way around the closures.

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