MANKATO, Minn. - Highway 22 construction is a week underway, but drivers taking a shortcut around the detour prompted Pohl Road to close Tuesday.

Now business owners along the highway are upset that one route to their businesses is blocked.

"Pohl road was a nice alternative for people who didn't mind taking gravel," Brittany Linder, operations for Terrace View Golf Course said. "You have to take gravel to get out here one way no matter what. We just want our customers to get out here and enjoy the golf course."

MnDOT Project Manager Robert Jones said Mankato Township closed Pohl Rd. because it couldn't handle the heavy traffic it was receiving since the construction began.

"We understand the first week of a detour is always the hardest, but now it's subsiding," Jones said. "People are starting to get used to it. They know, they're reading the signs."

As you travel south on Highway 22, the detour directs drivers right onto Stadium Rd. Signs then point drivers left onto Monks Ave. After following Monks Ave., there's another right turn onto 192nd St. That street will lead to a final left turn onto the business access.

"You'll get to your destination, it might be 5 or 10 too minutes late, but at least you're going to arrive and everyone is going to arrive there safely."

While the Highway 22 project lasts, Linder said they're holding special events in hopes of drawing in people to the golf course.

"We're just trying to add a bunch of other things that makes it so once you get out here, we have some fun and it's just a little bit of a detour in the road," Linder said.

Highway 22 construction is expected to end the second half of September, but is all weather dependent.

--KEYC News 12