"This is a great idea to help those businesses and bring back customers, but 7 a.m. is a little early," Councilor Mary Ellen Daly O'Brien said.
Other councilors said residents who live on South Pleasant, especially those who live in a nearby apartment complex, park on the street for long periods of time. Now they will have to move their vehicles or risk getting ticketed or towed.
The business owners and councilors have been especially critical of the state Department of Transportation, which is overseeing the $15 million Route 125 construction project. Councilor Willian Ryan said people who live in the area are as frustrated as the merchants.
"It's very bad with drivers cutting through neighborhoods and chaos everywhere," Ryan said. "And people look out and don't see a lot of work going on. But when the state starts a job you got to give them a decade to get it finished. ...The whole thing was not well thought out for people who have invested their lives over there. But if we can add even one or two parking spaces, that should help."
The work in the square is supposed to be completed next summer.
"Soon there going to have to stop for winter, but who knows how they'll leave it," Councilor Colin LePage said of work in the square.