West Knoxville residents, businesses concerned over 7 month road

West Knoxville residents, businesses concerned over 7 month road closure

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The road, which connects Kingston Pike to Northshore, will remain closed through November. The road, which connects Kingston Pike to Northshore, will remain closed through November.
"Once the work day's over, people come home and then come here for a beer," said Manager Peter Riesing. "Once the work day's over, people come home and then come here for a beer," said Manager Peter Riesing.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A months-long road closure that goes into effect in West Knoxville this week has people who live in the area concerned.

Beginning Monday morning, Lyons View Pike will be closed to all through traffic due to KUB upgrades.

The road, which connects Kingston Pike to Northshore, will remain closed through November.

Residents and businesses along the street tell 6 News they're worried about the problems the closure could cause.

Lyons View Pike, lined by dozens of homes and multiple businesses, is a heavily traveled cut through street.   

But starting at 7 a.m. Monday, it's shutting down for 7 months so KUB can upgrade natural gas, water and wastewater mains.

Only people who live or work at a business on the road with a KUB-issued car tag will be allowed in.

They'll have to get clearance from one of the uniformed officers who will man both ends of the street 24/7, there to prevent any through traffic.

Residents say they understand the need for the closure but are not looking forward to it.

"It's a long time, a real long time. We go down to campus like four or five times a day and that's how I get to my mom's house so that's going to be a little inconvenient for me," said resident Matthew Ibrahim, a UT student.

Ibrahim says just going home everyday will be a bit more of a hassle.

"Just a long time of having to get into the habit of having to show the pass or having to talk to an officer. Hopefully they'll get familiar with our faces so we don't have to go through it too many times," said Ibrahim.

Businesses along Lyons View say they're concerned they might see less customers coming in once those road closed signs go up Monday morning.

Bearden Beer Market sits at the intersection of Kingston Pike and Lyons View.

"Once the work day's over, people come home and then come here for a beer," said Manager Peter Riesing.

Riesing says hundreds of their customers use Lyons View to get here, and he's afraid they'll be deterred if they have to turn around and come a different way.

"Unfortunately it's during our busy months. April to November is all the warm seasons. It's going to be eaten up by all that so it's definitely going to affect us," said Riesing. "I thought maybe a couple months, but the whole summer and part of the fall? I mean that's terrible."

KUB says construction will be going on seven days a week, with the project set to be complete before Thanksgiving.

Cherokee Country Club also sits on Lyons View Pike, located directly in the middle.

Cherokee is issuing its own car tags for members so they can still get to the country club while construction is going on.

To stay updated on the project's progress, you can visit KUB's project blog or call the project hotline number at 865-558-2330.

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