Businesses near I-84 impacted by toll booth demolition

Old Sturbridge Pizza Manager offered toll booth workers jobs

STURBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite the ongoing construction, no big backups at the Interstate 84 interchange on the Massachusetts Turnpike because of the demolished toll booths.

However, businesses in Sturbridge told 22News they’ve already seen changes impacting the town. Old Sturbridge Pizza Manager Chris Koraqi said the lost business is from the toll booth workers who lost their jobs.

He said he’s found a way to help those who’ve been laid off; “We asked everybody, whoever needed a job, because we think we’re going to open something else; we asked them to come and apply for a job. A few of them said they will.”

Koraqi said the construction workers have been stopping in, which has helped. He said he’s happy to help any MassDOT employees who frequented his business over the last 5 years.

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