Preparing for and Surviving Road Construction Effecting YOUR Business

The Inbox By The Inbox, 4th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Road Construction can have a significant effect on the way you do business. It is important to be prepared, plan, and execute accordingly.

Getting involved in the Construction Planning

The Department of Transportation will have current and future construction projects listed on their website that are updated regularly and even posted years before a project is set to take place. You may even be able to sign up for automatic email updates on a specific project.

While these sites are a great way to keep track of the future of your area, as early as a year before a project, the city will begin the process of reaching out to businesses that will be affected within the corridor. This will likely be in the form of mailings sent to business owners inviting them attend initial planning meetings to learn more about the project and to voice any concerns, questions, or comments. These early stage meetings are very important, because they take place when the project managers and city have the most flexibility to incorporate the public’s issues into the final project. Watch for these mailings and attend the planning meeting so that you can have a voice in what happens during the construction process.

Each year, cities adopt their budgets that will include a list of all road construction projects for the following year. At this time, the city will begin preparing bid documents for each project. The city will then hire a contractor to work on the project prior to the summer construction season. The city will then likely hold more pre-construction meetings with the contractor, business owners will also be invited to this round of meetings. The goal of these meeting will not be to gather input into how the project should be completed, but rather to make the business community aware of the upcoming construction schedule and process. Again, it is critical to attend these subsequent meetings.

This is a great time to get involved in business associations and local Chambers of Commerce. These kinds of organizations provide a way for multiple businesses to get together and become advocates for the business community throughout the construction process. These organizations also provide get outlets to market your business and find business partnerships at networking events.


Be sure to read Part 3 of the 'Preparing for and Surviving Road Construction Effecting YOUR Business' series where you can learn how to prepare a business strategy for the construction.

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