Portia business owner hopeful road changes will bring more busin - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Portia business owner hopeful road changes will bring more business

PORTIA, AR (KAIT) -

Construction in Portia is nothing new to the people there and one business owner said she is optimistic about what the finished product will do for the town.

Gina Rorex, the owner of the Dairy King, said since construction began, she has seen a few accidents on the stretch outside of her restaurant.

She said drivers coming into Portia do not notice the reduced speed limit and continue to drive a little fast.

Rorex explained this leads to a few fender benders in the area.

Business for her has slowed down some when the construction began but she still saw many of her local, loyal customers.

Rorex knew she would need patience during this change.

“I think that while the construction is going on, we feel like it’s a nuisance and a hassle and we have to deal with the rolling,” Rorex said. “It’s progress and we have to look at it as such. That when it's all done, it’s going to be a blessing to us.”

Rorex said she did see fewer tourists this year stopping to eat.

She hopes once the project is finished, more people and traffic will pass through Portia and provide more business to local stores.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • 16 Southeast Missouri counties will lose HIV coverage in 2018

    16 Southeast Missouri counties will lose HIV coverage in 2018

    Friday, December 15 2017 8:34 PM EST2017-12-16 01:34:36 GMT

    Some HIV-positive residents in Missouri will lose health insurance coverage in 2018, according to state officials.

    Some HIV-positive residents in Missouri will lose health insurance coverage in 2018, according to state officials.

  • Person pulls gun on school bus, police say

    Person pulls gun on school bus, police say

    Friday, December 15 2017 7:49 PM EST2017-12-16 00:49:39 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 8:26 PM EST2017-12-16 01:26:43 GMT
    Blytheville Police (Source: KAIT)Blytheville Police (Source: KAIT)

    Authorities in Blytheville are looking into a report of a person pointing a gun at a school bus recently. 

    Authorities in Blytheville are looking into a report of a person pointing a gun at a school bus recently. 

  • ARDOT looks at options for highway funding sources

    ARDOT looks at options for highway funding sources

    Friday, December 15 2017 7:54 PM EST2017-12-16 00:54:42 GMT
    Friday, December 15 2017 8:25 PM EST2017-12-16 01:25:52 GMT
    (Source: KAIT-TV)(Source: KAIT-TV)

    Toll roads and taxes are a couple of options the Arkansas Department of Transportation is considering to fund state highway maintenance.

    Toll roads and taxes are a couple of options the Arkansas Department of Transportation is considering to fund state highway maintenance.

Powered by Frankly