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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's easy to joke that there are only two seasons in Central New York: winter and construction.

Now that winter is over, construction season is certainly in full swing, especially in downtown Syracuse. Work on the Connective Corridor along West Fayette Street has roads and sidewalks ripped up.

Much of that work is happening right in front of several Armory Square businesses.

Time Warner Cable News spoke with restaurant and store owners who said this hasn't been a major obstacle to business, and they're happy to see improvements taking shape.

"Business-wise, yeah, it is a little interruption, but it's just like cleaning up your yard after the wintertime. You've got to get out, be outside your front door, make it as approachable as possible," said David Hoyne, the owner of Kitty Hoynes.

Owners say signs along the street have also helped to let customers know they're still open, and contractors put down carpeting in spots to make it easier for people to get around.

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