Churches and businesses along PJ Adams Parkway are preparing for the effect the road’s expansion could have on them.
CRESTVIEW — Local business owners and church pastors on PJ Adams Parkway are preparing for the possible effects of the road’s expansion.
City and county officials broke ground on the $15 million project on Sept. 18. The project is expected to take 2 1/2 years to complete.
GameMasters Guild has been in business on PJ Adams since 2015. Store owner David Hunt said his biggest concern is the effect that the construction phase will have on his customers.
"With any construction, especially road construction, it could make it more inconvenient for customers to come to my business," Hunt said. "That’s to be expected because there’s no other way around it."
Hunt added that while construction is ongoing, he will make sure his customers know there are alternate routes to the store.
"I’m always worried about the disruption it could have financially but at the same time, my customers know where I am," Hunt said. "They want to come here and they will find a way to get here."
While Hunt is concerned about the short-term effect the expansion process could have on his customers, he supports the long-term goal of the project.
"We support the expansion because we think it will help with the traffic and congestion issue," Hunt said. "We hope it will make it safer for people turning onto various roads."
Crosspoint Church has been located on PJ Adams for over 27 years.
Brice Early, campus pastor for Crosspoint Church, said while he is not not sure about the complete effect the expansion could have for his church, the church will lose a portion of its front parking lot.
The church is already making preparations for the loss.
"We already have construction ongoing for more parking," Early said. "This new parking will give more spaces than we are actually going to lose."
According to Early, the prime day for traffic is Sunday but to his knowledge construction will not be occurring during that time.
One of Early’s main concerns during construction is the affect it will have on parents who bring their children to the church’s preschool program during the week.
"It will be a little difficult for that," Early said. "We have a second exit off our property that is right turn only, which can help alleviate some of the problems."
Overall, Early said he is "definitely" in support of the expansion and knows the headaches of the construction will only last for a short time.
"Everybody knows that traffic is a nightmare in Crestview and this will hopefully open another vein of traffic to make it safer," Early said. "We’re just excited that the county and the city are preparing for the future growth of our ever-growing community."