Businesses feel impact of Lyons View Pike closure

Businesses feel impact of Lyons View Pike closure

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Lyons View Pike is expected to be closed through November. Lyons View Pike is expected to be closed through November.
Harpers Bike Shop on Northshore Drive tells 6 News they've heard several complaints from customers having a hard time accessing their business due to the increased traffic. Harpers Bike Shop on Northshore Drive tells 6 News they've heard several complaints from customers having a hard time accessing their business due to the increased traffic.
"We're actually seeing a lot of folks pop in," said McMillan. "Instead of waiting in traffic, they'll come in have a beer or two and let it die down." "We're actually seeing a lot of folks pop in," said McMillan. "Instead of waiting in traffic, they'll come in have a beer or two and let it die down."
Customers on the patio at the Bearden Beer Market have a front row seat for all the construction. Customers on the patio at the Bearden Beer Market have a front row seat for all the construction.

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – It's been more than two weeks since Lyons View Pike closed down to traffic for a seven-month long KUB project and some area businesses are already feeling the effects of the closure.

KUB crews are making upgrades to gas and water lines.

Customers on the patio at the Bearden Beer Market have had a front row seat for all the action.

"It's a lot of extra noise for us," said manager Matt McMillan. "Kind of harder to hear the music and hold a conversation."

But McMillan says it hasn't been all bad.

"We're actually seeing a lot of folks pop in," said McMillan. "Instead of waiting in traffic, they'll come in have a beer or two and let it die down."

Luckily their customer base has still shown up despite the construction, but McMillan says without Lyons View it's been much harder on them.

"It lops a good ten to fifteen minutes off a lot of our customers' drives, especially now that the Northshore exit has really gotten a little crazy over there, but for the most part everybody has been pretty withheld and understanding," said McMillan.

Nearby Sergeant Pepperonis Pizzeria has also had to turn down several customer deliveries because of limited road access.

It's not only those along the construction route being affected, businesses along the detour are also feeling the impact.

Harpers Bike Shop on Northshore Drive tells 6 News they've heard several complaints from customers having a hard time accessing their business due to the increased traffic, especially those trying to turn left onto Northshore from Kingston Pike.

Businesses along the detour say the problem would likely be fixed if the signals at Kingston Pike and Northshore Drive were re-timed to accommodate the extra traffic.

6 News reached out to the city engineer to see if the lights had been adjusted, but our calls were not returned.

KUB expects the entire project to be complete sometime in November.

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