Decision within 2-3 weeks on "road diet" for Brownsboro Road

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41)---Construction along Brownsboro Road has been going on for several weeks now.

The project will reduce the roadway between Drescher Bridge Road and Ewing Avenue from four to two lanes lanes, adding a turning lane and sidewalks.

Some business owners say they're now noticing some changes.  .

"The first week they started it, it was a ghost town around here. Not just my business, but all the businesses around here. Nobody was coming around," says Thomas Hufstetler, the owner of Chicago Gyros.

"We haven't had a good response from a lot of people so far," says Mike Willis with Lyndia Willis Salon.

Mike Willis says this past Tuesday, the entrance to the parking lot at Lyndia Willis Salon was a concern.  He says the entire area was completely blocked off. It took a day for road crews to install a ramp for cars to drive over.

"Even right now with the entrance we have, it's still hard for them to see we're open for business," says Mike Willis.  

"I get phone calls and emails daily saying 'Hey, I would come in, but I don't think it's safe to drive over there right now," says Thomas Hufstetler.

They say the I Love Sushi & Teriyaki restaurant was already struggling. The owner tells us the new construction caused him to close his doors for good.

Metro Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh supported the road diet project. She spoke to us about the current project, and the business owners who say they've been impacted.

"I would be less than honest if I didn't say there was some impact from the construction. It's not because of the change in the dynamics of the road. It probably is because of the construction and that is the case with all construction," says District 9 Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh says crews are making progress on the road.

She's hoping business owners feeling the impact will eventually notice a positive change.

"I'm hoping that folks will hang in there and eventually see how they're gonna get a lot more business when people begin to walk up and down the sidewalks," says Councilwoman Tina Ward-Pugh.

The project is expected to be completed by August 17th.

Councilwoman Ward-Pugh says she believes the project will be finished on time.

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