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Haverhill

February 24, 2013

Haverhill loses business to road work

HAVERHILL — Businesses at Central Square in Bradford say they continue to suffer due to the state reconstruction of Route 125 and its sidewalks. Some businesses have moved and a computer sales and service company owner says the project has cost him $100,000 in sales.

Bob Bertoni, owner of Megahertz Computer Inc., said he relocated his business from 105 So. Main St. to Bradford Plaza on the east side of Central Square where Latitude Sports Club and Papa Gino’s are and that he did it to survive. Now in his 13th year of operation, Bertoni said he found safe refuge in Bradford Plaza, where he opened his doors Jan. 1.

“Business has been very good,” he said. “It’s back to how it was. My customers have a place to park and they’re happy.”

Bertoni is one of many merchants and property owners who last year pleaded with city leaders to replace already scarce customer parking gobbled up by the Route 125 improvement project and to speed the work that had been ravaging the heart of Bradford since last summer.

“The sidewalk in front of my old store has been torn up for over six months with nothing done and a safety issue ignored,” Bertoni said. “The construction has cost me $100,000 in lost revenue and the city and state do not care.”

Bertoni said the sidewalk in front of his former location at 105 So. Main St. is still under construction and that rush hour traffic jams are still bad.

“It backs up and it’s harder to get around the square than it used to be,” he said. “But once they install new lights, it should be easier to maneuver but my fear is the traffic backing up could be worse.”

Bertoni said his wasn’t the only business that suffered from the construction and reduction in on-street parking.

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