LARGO, Fla. - Santo Sardo likes to maintain a sense of humor while he works
"I bust everybody's chops. That's what I am, the chop-buster," laughed Sardo.
But Sardo finds nothing funny about the construction on Ulmerton Road in front of his pizza shop.
"This is how I sum it up -- pain," said Sardo, the smile gone from his face.
The section of Ulmerton Road between 119th St. and the Seminole Bypass Canal has been under construction for nearly nine months for a Florida Department of Transportation lane-widening project.
Some businesses, like Sardo's, are feeling the pinch.
"I'm losing about $250 a day. People that come here two, three times a week, now I only see them once every two weeks," said Sardo.
Even drivers seem sympathetic.
"I think it's putting a hurt on a lot of business. And I think it should have been done in smaller sections," said Brad Hicks of Largo as he sat at a red light.
And although his tire business has suffered from the construction, Russ Welch knows things will get better.
"I'm definitely looking forward to having the construction done. I think it's going to be a beneficial thing. It's a necessary evil," said Welch.
"I am not making the money I made before. But I'm grateful that I'm still able to pay the bills. I just pray to God that it doesn't get any worse," Sardo explained.
The widening project on Ulmerton Road still has quite a ways to go. The DOT doesn't expect it to be complete until early 2014.
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