NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Businesses near upcoming interstate road closures are wondering how the construction will impact weekend business.
Marathon Village, which is filled with dozens of shops, restaurants and office space, is located on Clinton Street near Interstate 40 where a multi-million rehabilitation project will begin this weekend.
The project, coined the Fast Fix 8, will replace the east and westbound sides of I-40 over Herman and Clinton streets and Jo Johnston and Charlotte avenues.
Barry Walker, owner of Marathon Village, told News 2 some of his tenants have said they are worried how it will impact business.
Without access from the interstate, customers will have to find alternate routes to access the businesses at Marathon Village, which include American Archaeology, a store made famous by its owner who stars in the reality show “American Pickers.”
“If you have a good quality product, and your company is good, people are going to get to you,” Walker said. “It is not that people are going to stop coming; they are just going to have to take a different route.”
He continued, “We have weathered the storm in the past and we have had all kinds of problems before. You have got to remember from the early days having to carry a gun over here we have been through it all. So tearing down a few bridges isn’t a big deal just being inconvenienced and having to go a little bit out of the way.”
One business that sees a high volume of customers each week, Soda Parlor and Olan Rogers Apparel, said they are unsure how to direct customers to their shop while the interstate is closed.
“The exit basically drops you into the front yard of Marathon [Village],” employee Rachel Vaughn said. “I am a little concerned about it because weekends are basically when most of people come into the building.”
The Tennessee Department of Transportation has said closures are not planned every weekend and they will announce them in advance. They will then decide by the preceding Fast Fix 8 Detour MapWednesday based on weather if the closure will go on as planned.
TDOT also coordinated with Metro Nashville’s Office of Emergency Management about redirecting emergency personnel during the closures.
Ambulance and fire service will not be impacted, according to Metro officials.
To read more about the project, including detour information, visit TDOT’s website.