ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Another street in the downtown part of St. Augustine has been shut down.
This time, it's Hypolita Street, and it's because of a gas leak. The gas company says there is no danger to people.
Just about a week ago, Avilies Street, a road that tourists frequent, was closed because of a crumbling building.
On Hypolita, the bricks and slab of road have been lifted in one spot in order to get to the gas pipe.
The activity is right outside the Casa Maya restaurant.
Inside the restaurant, there are empty tables, a bare bar, and a quiet kitchen. And usually, this place is hopping with business.
Bar manager Ayano Kleinschek said, "Mid July is usually a busier season for us. So my bar will be completely full. We'll have a few tables over there, upstairs, at the balcony."
However, Kleinschek said the activity right outside the restaurant is mostly to blame for the thousands of dollars in business lost.
This week, Tampa Electric Company and Peoples Gas (TECO), detected a gas leak under Hypolita Street. The road is typically a busy side street in downtown St. Augustine with lots of tourist foot traffic, and those customers usually fill the businesses here.
While the road is blocked this week only to cars, most pedestrians pass right by the street now.
The City of St. Augustine expects the work to last through Friday.
Kleinschek asked, "Friday? Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. That's a lot of days to have that right in front of our restaurant. Why is it taking so long?"
A city worker told First Coast News the crew hit water three feet down, but the gas pipe is six feet down, so they are trying to remove the water from the hole before they start digging more.
Hypolita Street is no stranger to construction. Just a few years ago, this stretch saw a construction project where there was major work done under the road. The businesses felt the impact then. They're feeling it again.
Meanwhile, tour trains and trolleys aren't able to use the road for their typical route. Most tourists don't seem to mind.
Tucker Langabach from Ormond Beach said, "Some things you just can't help. I think it's probably more important to fix the gas leak."
Kleinschek said, "I totally agree. If it's something serious like a gas leak, it needs to be fixed."
She and other merchants just hope the gas leak is fixed fast, so the drain on business comes to a stop.