Businesses expecting slower weekend with I-71 closure

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Interstate 71 is scheduled to be completely shutdown in both directions, between Spaghetti Junction and the Watterson Expressway over the weekend for road work.

The traffic mess could impact more than just drivers. Businesses along the route could be facing a loss of business.

A business near I-71 and I-264 on Brownsboro Road that has clients across Kentuckiana is preparing for a slower weekend that usual.

"A lot from Floyds Knobs, so I think it will be a little more difficult for them to brave the traffic," said Raquel Koff, owner of Rodeo Drive.

The store sells high-end women's clothing.

"There's not much that I can do," said Koff. "I just hope that they get it done quickly and tell my customers that do come in now to be aware that there are going to be some traffic issues."

There will be traffic and detours when I-71 shuts down over the weekend for construction. Sarah Evans works at Choices Yogurt Bar next door to Rodeo Drive and says people drive from all over to get to the local stores.

"They have a really loyal customership, so if people aren't able to get to these stores, we can pretty much predict our customer percentage is going to drop as well," said Evans.

Still shoppers say the work needs to be done.

"We have noticed a more bumpy ride and we do hope that it gets done quickly so that we can have smoother commute," said shopper Heather Schwartz.

This road closure is scheduled from 8 p.m. EDT on Friday, May 11, to 6 a.m. on Monday, May 14.  Motorists must follow the signed detour via I-64 and the Watterson.

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