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SCARBOROUGH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --A multi-million dollar road construction project in Scarborough has reached a milestone -- but some businesses say they are losing customers who don't want to deal the traffic congestion.

This week, a new Payne Road opened to traffic for the first time.
As part of the Dunstan's Corner construction project, the road was reconstructed and relocated just north of the Broadturn Road and Pine Point Road intersection on Route 1. The work includes paving, drainage and curb improvements, traffic signal upgrades and other safety improvements.

Several business owners say the project has impacted their bottom line-- as many customers are taking detours to bypass the area altogether.

'It makes it more difficult for people take the turn to stop in, when the traffic is backed up and that's the issue when the traffic is backed dup, we simply have to work our way through it,' said Dick Whitmore the co-owner of the Pine Tree Seafood & Produce Co.

MaineDOT released a statement saying crews will move to night work beginning this Monday. The project is expected to be complete by the end of July.