Businesses react to Kentucky Avenue update

Construction on Kentucky Avenue was supposed to be finished by December, but the project has been extended for 30 days.

The $7.7 million Kentucky Avenue project is between Otis Dinning Drive and Walter Jetton Boulevard. It’s about one mile total.

Businesses along Kentucky Avenue are ready for the construction to end. Many have said they’ve had to get creative on ways to advertise and keep their business from taking a big hit from the road work.

Roy Travis has been in the used car business for 30 years. This year, he’s learned not to take the road in front of his car lot for granted.

Travis says it “makes a big difference because people see us. Right now they’re not seeing us.” He says business has slowed down because of construction. But, because of extra advertising, his lot is pretty bare today.

Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says this project isn’t behind, but work has been added to it, like widening a turn from 13th Street onto Kentucky Avenue. “This is not something that’s going to cause a major delay in the project, but they do have that extra 30 days to complete everything,” Todd added.

Travis says this biggest inconvenience isn’t even the road. It’s the dust. He says no one wants to buy a car that isn’t shiny. “Keeping them washed, trying to keep them clean. I just tell people I’m sorry about the dust, but until they get this road done, I can’t help it,” he said.

Todd says he hopes crews will be done with the future westbound lane in two to four weeks so they can begin work on the future eastbound lane. He says it all depends on weather. 

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