City crews have begun work on a section of St. Mary’s Road in Winnipeg’s Norwood area — a project anticipated to take six weeks and delay thousands of drivers.

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City of Winnipeg officials said they will try to open the corridor during peak morning rush hour. (Google Maps)

Everyday 41,000 cars travel down St. Mary’s — a major artery for south Winnipeg. On Monday, crews began watermain renewal on a portion of it from Highfield Street to Metcalfe Avenue.

The work will pinch the road down to one northbound lane until at least July 29.

CBC crews tried to navigate the stretch Monday and found it took three times as long as normal to travel 10 blocks on the road.

And business owner Don Cairns is worried that will have an impact on his bottom line. Cairns owns IC Enternet on St. Mary’s.

He says the impact will be "devastating. I’ll lose about 90 to 95 per cent of my business."

His shop has been open for two years, and while he said he understands road work is a necessary evil, he’s frustrated that his parking spots will be barricaded for several weeks.

He hopes the work will actually be done when it’s forecast to. In the meantime, he said, he’ll have to grin and bear it.