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Old Chelsea Road construction hurting businesses, owners say

Road construction that has blocked off Old Chelsea Rd. off Highway 5 in Quebec has businesses in Chelsea concerned they're missing out on the rush of autumn visitors.

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6 years ago
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Road construction that has blocked off Old Chelsea Rd. off Highway 5 in Quebec has businesses in Chelsea concerned they're missing out on the rush of autumn visitors. 2:23

Businesses on Old Chelsea Road off Highway 5 in Quebec wait all year for October when thousands of people visit the Gatineau Hills for the autumn colours.

Road construction, however, has blocked off the route for the past month, and that has owners of cafés, restaurants and shops along the strip concerned they are missing out on a lot of potential dollars. 

This weekend the local business group will have volunteers at the barricades directing motorists to a detour around the construction. They say the best advice is to bypass the Chelsea exit on Highway 5 north and take the next exit.  

Simon Gardner reports.

Construction blocks off Old Chelsea Road near Gatineau Park. (CBC)

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