Merchants on Petaluma's East Washington Street are getting an advance Christmas present with the early shut-down of construction along the busy corridor that has kept many drivers — and shoppers — away from the area.
The Christmas shopping season is often a make-or-break time for business owners who rely on end-of-year purchasing to turn a profit for the year.
Several construction projects have backed up the major east-west corridor for more than a year, including the completed Highway 101 interchange and work in front of the East Washington Place shopping center.
At the same time as those two projects were occurring, the city began a two-year water main replacement project on East Washington closer to downtown.
The result was crammed streets, long delays and confused drivers as signs warned of lane closures or delays.