LA VERGNE, Tenn. – A congested roadway in La Vergne won't be cleared up anytime soon.
Talk of the Waldron Road project began four years ago. The $13 million project is now fully underway.
Crews are widening Waldron Road from two lanes to five lanes between Interstate 24 and Murfreesboro Road.
While they're making progress, the project won't by completed by Thanksgiving as once hoped.
The Tennessee Department reports unexpected and significant delays with underground utilities as the cause for the setback.
The Kangaroo gas station is located right in the thick of the construction and employees say the orange cones are affecting their bottom line.
Clerk Mark Mahon told Nashville's News 2, “It's actually a loss of business right now because they've got the cones in the front of the building and all the other stuff tore up so it's really kind of pushing people away from our actual store.”
Many other businesses along the stretch of Waldron Road have gotten creative to attract customers. Some have even erected signs while others are offering special deals to help steer people in their direction.
Area residents are just hoping the construction wraps up soon.
“Hopefully it will be done soon, because it seems like they've been working on it forever,” said John Grimaldi.
Construction work is expected to continue well into the New Year.
- Aug. 6, 2010: Waldron Rd. construction affects business' bottom line