SPOKANE, Wash. -

Downtown construction may create a headache for drivers, but for the businesses along the Monroe/Lincoln corridor, it's more than a headache. It's hurting their bottom lines.

The Downtown Spokane Partnership and the Spokane Association of Realtors have come up with a plan they say will help bring customers back to these businesses that have been affected by construction.

On 6 p.m. on a Tuesday, Tamarack Public House would normally be in the middle of the dinner rush. But because of ongoing construction, this summer has been anything but normal for the restaurant.

"Due to the construction situation, it's hard to walk even down to places folks want to go to for short lunches," said owner Teresa Gonder. "Driving, it makes it even more significant than that."

Owner Teresa Gonder said the ongoing construction on the Lincoln/Monroe corridor has taken a financial toll on her business.

"I haven't been able to keep all my staff just because I can't guarantee their hours," she said.

And businesses around the area have faced similar challenges during this construction season.

So now, the Downtown Spokane Partnership and the Spokane Association of Realtors have teamed up to help.

"What they're asking is that people, associations, in particular, and businesses, consider not only promoting their own businesses and associations, and come down and support local businesses along this corridor, but also to challenge others," explained Mark Richard with the Downtown Spokane Partnership.

Downtown Spokane Partnership says the organization and the Spokane Association of Realtors in support of Future Spokane are challenging professional associations to patron businesses along the Lincoln/Monroe corridor in downtown throughout the road construction season.

The organizations are encouraging Realtors to have lunch downtown this week. Next week, the Spokane Homebuilders Association will take on the challenge.

The organizations hope to have a new business or association patronize the affected businesses each week until the end of construction season.

"Have a drink, have a meal, see a great show, rent a room, and spread a little financial love during these tough times that construction has impacted," Richard said.

Teresa says she's grateful for the help during this challenging situation.

"People are out there making a conscientious effort to come help us poor souls who are in the middle of this," Gonder said with a laugh.

Both Tamarack Public House and the Downtown Spokane Partnership say ultimately the construction project is much needed, and they are excited about the improvements coming to the city.

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