The construction of Carrboro’s first parking deck will close down parts of East Main Street starting Friday — but local businesses are welcoming the project nonetheless.
The project, which is part of the 300 East Main redevelopment, will add 500 parking spaces to downtown Carrboro — 300 of which will be free to the public.
During the six-week construction period, East Main Street will be intermittently closed to allow construction materials for the new parking deck to be delivered.
Deliveries will occur every 45 minutes between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Despite the inconvenience from road closures, local businesses are looking forward to the possible economic benefits from the parking deck.
Josh Wittman, co-owner of Milltown in Carrboro, said he understands progress in the area will require a few inconveniences.
“I really want to see the parking deck come in,” he said. “I’m not going to be too whiny about the traffic stops.”
Beryl Rosen, owner of Main Street Gallery, said he thinks the parking deck will appease those who complain about a lack of parking in Carrboro.
“It’s got to be done,” Rosen said. “You just have to bear with it.”