Greg Gruner, owner of Complete Automotive, has been dealing with road construction on State Road 50 for the better part of 15 years.
Between phase 1 and phase 2, it was particularly painful, Gruner said.
The construction kept causing closures of his driveway simultaneously with that of his neighbors. It was crazy for awhile, he added.
"Somehow our customers were still able to find us," Gruner said, whose automotive repair business has been in the county for 21 years.
The widening of S.R. 50, one of the county's most congested traffic arteries, is a necessary result of growth, county commissioners and Florida Department of Transportation officials say.
For local businesses affected by the construction, it can also be cause for headaches.
The newest phase of the project, which began on Oct. 15, hasn't been as much of a nuisance for Gruner. Sidewalks are now being installed in front of his business.
It's all part of the $39 million project that will widen S.R. 50 from a four-lane divided highway to six lanes from U.S. 19 to the Suncoast Parkway.
Streetlights, bicycle and pedestrian paths are also being added. Federal and state funding will pay for the project, which should be completed by summer 2015.
Elton Street, sales manager at Frontier Auto Sales on the north side of S.R. 50, said the widening so far has not affected business.
But the installation of sidewalks and the disruption of the ground in front of his store have created a nuisance because of the dust and dirt blanketing vehicles.
"It's a waste of money, in my opinion," said Street, who believes it would be better spent building sidewalks in school zones where they would actually be used.
Tanya Marsh, who can be seen most days skating at the corner of S.R. 50 and Mariner Boulevard and holding up business signs for clients, says road workers told her she may be inconvenienced when work gets around to modifying that area.
But she plans to stay as long as possible. She might be forced to move to a different corner but she plans to continue skating and advertising for local businesses along the road.
Marsh said the widening will be a boon for seniors in Brookridge and High Point who will have a nice sidewalk to take their power scooters out in safety to patronize stores along the road.
Marsh said she knows conditions will be rough for awhile but urges people to hang in there until this much-needed project is completed.
"Don't give up no matter what comes at you," Marsh said. "If I'm not throwing in the towel or going crazy, we all can do it."