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Increased traffic on 460 impacting businesses


News that Interstate 77 Northbound will be closed again Tuesday is not welcome news to some Princeton businesses.

Parking lots and dining areas that are typically busy have not been the past few days because of the traffic being diverted onto route 460.

Many believe cars stuck in traffic don't want to get out of line and local residents are avoiding the high-traffic areas.

"On a typical day it can be fairly busy especially this time of year when people are traveling on shopping but it has slowed down very slow. There have been times when there hasn't been any customers in here when normally there's quite a few customers," says Wilma Smith, General Manager of the Hardee's in Princeton.

Smith says they say the same slow-down in business last March when the rock-slide on Interstate 77 closed the highway and diverted traffic onto Route 460.

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