Business owners in Hillyard were frustrated in June with a well overdue construction project at the intersection of East Francis Ave and North Freya Street.  

Work on the North-South Corridor was scheduled to be completed in the Fall of 2013. The owner of the Dollar Depot on the corner said continual traffic revisions during the past year kept customers away.

Progress on the project came to a stand-still in November. 

The inconvenience for business owners will not end when the construction is over.  Certain changes, such as concrete medians that prevent left turns into the strip mall at the corner, will be permanent.

WSDOT said the new medians were a standard feature to keep traffic moving and help prevent collisions.  As for the ongoing traffic revisions, officials said they were one of the biggest obstacles they faced. 

Officials said they were doing their best to keep access open for nearby businesses, though it might not be the open-access customers are used to.  While there was still work to complete on traffic signals, islands and curbing, officials said the project should be complete by the end of the month.