ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The official Albuquerque Rapid Transit construction hasn’t even started yet but some small businesses say the current construction is already hurting them.

Traffic wasn’t much of a problem along west Central Monday but only because construction crews took a break for the holiday. Hair salon Owner Kimberly Montaño wonders if she’ll ever catch her break.

“It made me want to cry because how do I put food on the table for my kids if I don’t have business,” said Montaño.

Montaño says times have been tough since the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority started construction on the stretch of Central a few weeks ago in front of her shop.

Montaño said, “I have no customers, no business because people cannot get through there.”

Montaño says her driveway has been blocked off and on nearly every day since the work began, forcing her customers to walk down Central to get to her or even worse.

“People aren’t wanting to deal with that. People aren’t making appointments because of it and there’s no way to get walk-ins,” said Montaño.

This work is being done ahead of the ART bus project.

“We’ve gotta move some lines, that we obviously don’t want to have 50 or 60 year old line underneath a brand new bus route,” said David Morris of the Water Utility Authority.

Morris says they’ve been trying to keep access open to businesses as much as possible. He says they even changed their plans to limit how long they’re in front of each business.

But in the meantime Montaño wonders if she can hang on.

“It’s the thought of losing your dream because of the construction.”

Montaño says she’s already lost a few thousand dollars in business. She fears her fate could soon match her neighbor’s. She says the laundry mat next door had to close recently because it had so little business.

The Water Utility Authority says they hope to be done with the construction in that area by mid-June. They made a visit out to see Montaño after KRQE News 13 interviewed her but she says they didn’t offer any practical solutions to her problem.

If other business owners are experiencing problems due to the construction, they can contact the Water Utility Authority’s community liason, Patti Watson. Her email is pattiw@cwastrategic.comInformation can also be found here on the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority’s website.