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Business owners fearful Clark Memorial Bridge closure will hinder foot traffic

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Not even one full day after the Clark Memorial Bridge closed to traffic, impacts are already being felt by motorists and business owners alike. (Source: WAVE 3 News) Not even one full day after the Clark Memorial Bridge closed to traffic, impacts are already being felt by motorists and business owners alike. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Sondra Wilkerson Sondra Wilkerson
Bryan Fraley Bryan Fraley
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Not even one full day after the Clark Memorial Bridge closed to traffic, impacts are already being felt by motorists and business owners alike.

"We're at the corner of Second and Main," began Wilkerson, "right at the foot of the Second Street Bridge which they have conveniently closed, I think, for the next six weeks."

In business for 15 years, Big City Styles co-owner Sondra Wilkerson has prided herself on setting up shop in a prime location. However, as of Tuesday, that location seemed a little less prime. With walk-in clients a key component to her business's success, Wilkerson said triumphing over the closure meant getting creative.

"If we need to help people find parking, we do that. If we need to help them find a route, we do that. We post if on our Facebook page, our social media site," said Wilkerson.

While the need for road blocks was obvious from the Louisville base of the 2nd Street Bridge, across state lines in Clarksville very little of the Clark Memorial Bridge remained intact.

"The biggest asset, though, for this area right now is the new pedestrian bridge," said Bryan Fraley, the owner of Widow's Walk Ice Creamery & Bike Rental. After hearing the sounds of demolition throughout Tuesday morning, Fraley said neither the bridge closure nor construction had him worried.

"People flock to this area regardless and because we are at Exit 0 and so easy to get off of 65," began Fraley, "Two quick turns and you're here."

Although less convenient for now, both Wilkerson and Fraley said benefits would result from the temporary closure.

"I think it's just another opportunity for you to get out and get fit and get active and enjoy something besides sitting in the car," said Fraley.

"It all is going to pan out to be a blessing for us all," said Wilkerson. "It should help things flow nicer, as far as traffic. It should help attract more business downtown for us all."

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