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Street work creates challenges for some merchants in Ontario

An upgrade project on South Oregon Street attracted criticism from some local merchants because of its timing. (The Enterprise/Rachel Parsons)

ONTARIO – City officials say a remodeling of South Oregon Street will enhance safety and create an appealing vista for visitors and residents, but some businesses’ owners are unhappy with the timing of the project.

The $715,225 project – designed to widen sidewalks at six intersections, add new curbs and gutters and streamline drainage - kicked off in mid-May just after Gov. Kate Brown allowed Malheur County businesses to . . .