SIMPSONVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Merchandise is rolling in by the truck loads and it is ready to be stocked. In just one week Kentucky's first outlet mall will be open to shoppers galore.
Traffic lights are now up and newly designed roadways are already being tested, but some immediate issues are already prompting transportation officials to plan some changes.
Jason Behnke is the owner of the new Culver's that sits at the entrance of the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass. Business has been great since opening Monday.
"You get the whole building done everything is looking great and then 'oh no, what's this?'" said Behnke.
What's happening outside of his restaurant has him concerned. "I was walking on the sidewalk and actually one semi came right up on the sidewalk and I thought 'Woah, that was too close,'" said Behnke.
At the newly constructed intersection off of Highway 1848 into the mall, tractor trailers are having a hard time making the turn.
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"It is extremely narrow for these trucks," said Behnke. "The green flag was my irrigation system, that got busted up there for that sprinkler so that's no longer."
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials say they are aware of what's happening. They said even though trucks should be able to make the 50 foot turning radius, because they're not they plan to make changes.
"So what we're going to do is replace some of those slabs of sidewalk with thicker slabs of concrete so that if those trucks do turn and go over that, that it won't damage it, deteriorate it from the impact of the weight," said KYTC spokeswoman Andrea Clifford.
KYTC will also take off a portion of the concrete median to give trucks even more room. Behnke says he just wants to make sure pedestrians are safe as he plans and hopes for lots of customers.
"My ultimate goal is that we get some foot traffic," said Behnke. "I put in sidewalks on two sides of the property and I want people to walk safe and come to Culver's and come to the outlet mall and have a good day."
While KYTC plans to make these changes as soon as possible, they acknowledge there is no way it will be done before the grand opening.