Businesses, drivers thankful for early reopen of Lyons View Pike

Businesses, drivers thankful for early reopen of Lyons View Pike

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Lyons View Pike connects Kingston Pike to Northshore and is a heavily-trafficked cut-through street. Lyons View Pike connects Kingston Pike to Northshore and is a heavily-trafficked cut-through street.
"It's a great thoroughfare for a lot of our customers. A lot of this neighborhood," said Matt McMillan, a manager at Bearden Beer Market. "It's a great thoroughfare for a lot of our customers. A lot of this neighborhood," said Matt McMillan, a manager at Bearden Beer Market.
"We used it pretty frequently," said Bryan Bozeman of Knoxville. "We used it pretty frequently," said Bryan Bozeman of Knoxville.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A lot of Knoxville drivers are thankful after a major road reopened nearly two months ahead of schedule.

Lyons View Pike connects Kingston Pike to Northshore and is a heavily-trafficked cut-through street.

It closed in April so KUB could upgrade natural gas and wastewater mains.

The work wasn't slated to finish up until November, but crews got the work done early.

Drivers and area businesses say they couldn't be happier about the early reopen.

The five-month-long closure of Lyons View Pike came as a big adjustment to commuters who used to use it to avoid traffic on the main roads.

"We used it pretty frequently," said Bryan Bozeman of Knoxville.

It also had a big impact on area businesses, like Bearden Beer Market, which relied on the popular street to bring people in.

"It's a great thoroughfare for a lot of our customers. A lot of this neighborhood," said Matt McMillan, a manager at Bearden Beer Market. "It's, for a lot of our favorite customers, their little shortcut, to zip through Lyons View and come see us."

McMillan says they're ecstatic the road is now back open period, but especially much sooner than expected.

The shutdown was tough on business.

Summer is usually their busiest time.

"When everything started, it was the worst time of year for us to have it," said McMillan.

They say would-be customers were deterred from coming in, due to backups on alternate routes.

"We did lose a lot of customers that weren't coming from that area because of the extra traffic," said McMillan.

They're hopeful now that the road is open once again that their customer base will build back up.

"We're happy it's open," said McMillan. "It's great to help traffic flow anytime of day."

For drivers who used the stretch as a cut-through everyday, they're just as happy.

"It's definitely more convenient now that it's back open. It's nice that it's back open and we are able to go see our friends. It's quicker. It's a good road to use," said Bozeman.

Once KUB finished the upgrades, the city completed paving and striping work on Lyons View.

The street reopened to all traffic on Friday.

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