A major construction project is nearing the halfway point in the city of Wilkes-Barre.
Business owners and motorists along Coal Street say all the road work and headaches will be worth the wait.
For the past year, work has been transforming the once rough and narrow Coal Street into a wider, more user-friendly road through the city of Wilkes-Barre.
The project is just about half done. For some nearby businesses, the going has been tough, but the owners said they are seeing progress.
"Now things are back, people can get in and out of our street very easily so we are thrilled," said Shivaun O'Donnell of Odyssy Fitness. "People finding it a lot easier to be making positive comments about it."
Andy Sorber remembers what the road used to be like. "Coal Street was a disaster for a long time," he said. "It took awhile, but it is nice. It's almost finished, very nice to drive on roads where your CD doesn't skip."