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Diet plan for Grinstead Drive impacting businesses, residents

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A one mile section of Grinstead Drive is closed for the weekend as crews make changes for what's called a "road diet," to reduce traffic lanes and add a turning lane.

It's closed down as crews work to make it safer but that closure is causing some local businesses to suffer.

Grinstead Drive is known to have one of the highest crash rates in Jefferson County.

The empty tables say it all. It's not a typical Saturday inside Uncle Maddio's Pizza.

"It's definitely been a lazy Saturday for us," said Cliff Schweickart, a shift leader at Uncle Maddio's Pizza Joint.

Located at Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive, Maddio's is feeling the pain from the temporary road closure.

"Now that Grinstead is closed, there's really nothing people can do to get in," he told WDRB.

Fortunately for them, the closure is only for a few days but they say they'll still take a hit from just one weekend of slow business.

The one mile section of Grinstead Drive is closed because crews are making changes to reduce traffic lanes and add a turning lane.

And while businesses like Maddio's are suffering, some residents along Grinstead are excited for what all this construction means.

"I think since they're going to the two lanes with the buffer in the middle, I think that will help," Shannon Campbell told WDRB.

Campbell has lived on a curve of Grinstead for 14 years.

"We have had people go through the front yard and through the railing," he said.

In that time, he's witnessed dozens of accidents outside his front door.

"We always count on finding car parts in the front yard or an accident if we're home," said Campbell.

Campbell says since he's lived here, a telephone pole that sits in front of his house has been replaced five times.

"My poor neighbor to the left of me usually ends up with a vehicle in his front yard because people won't correct enough," he said.

The diet means the four-lane road will be reduced to two driving lanes, with a middle turn lane and a parking lane.

Campbell hopes the new road design will slow down the more than 14,000 cars that use Grinstead each day.

"I think anything over what they had is an improvement," he said.

That work is expected to last through Monday.

People who live in the area will still be able to get to their homes.

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