Dragon construction causing concern for business owners

Dragon construction causing concern for business owners

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A short section of The Dragon is currently under construction. A short section of The Dragon is currently under construction.
"A little bit, because 60% of our business is the bikers," said Rite Stop Market cashier Sherry Webster. "They stop in here for the gas and drinks and cigarettes and stuff." "A little bit, because 60% of our business is the bikers," said Rite Stop Market cashier Sherry Webster. "They stop in here for the gas and drinks and cigarettes and stuff."
"No, not at all," said biker Patrick Rutherford. "It's a great road. There is more than one section of road." "No, not at all," said biker Patrick Rutherford. "It's a great road. There is more than one section of road."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - A popular highway for motorcyclists in Blount County has been reduced to one lane.

The construction is happening on a portion of Highway 129, which is also known as The Dragon to locals.

TDOT crews are in the process of stabilizing a rockslide. The road will be down to one lane until the August 31.

The work is causing some concern for business owners along the Dragon who rely on bikers for business.

The construction on The Dragon is not very long.

"It was pretty small, maybe not a tenth of a mile," said biker Walter Sauerwen.

Those who have businesses along The Dragon say they are concerned that the construction will keep bikers from coming out.

"A lot of traffic, a hassle, huge construction vehicles," explained Gina's Country Kitchen employee Bill Scarbrough.

Scarbrough says a lot of motorcyclists will avoid an area with construction.

"It's going to be slow," he said.

Another business along the Dragon is Rite Stop Market. They also say they are concerned.

"A little bit, because 60% of our business is the bikers," said Rite Stop Market cashier Sherry Webster. "They stop in here for the gas and drinks and cigarettes and stuff."

Both businesses say they have not seen a drop in business yet.

According to the bikers 6 News spoke with, they should not have to worry. They say this construction will not keep them from riding The Dragon.

"No, not at all," said biker Patrick Rutherford. "It's a great road. There is more than one section of road."

TDOT has put up traffic lights at both ends of where they are doing construction.

They ask all drivers to use caution when coming through this part of Highway 129.

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