Temporary Roundabout Closure Affecting Local Residents and Businesses

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Bowling Green's roundabout is nearing completion, but first, it will temporarily close.

"It's a slight inconvenience at the time, but once it's done, I'm sure it will turn out fine," WKU student, Justin Glasscock, said.

The roundabout will be closing for six days beginning on August 3rd, just before the August 8th grand opening. A local resident describes the project as "frustrating."

"In order for me to get to work, I have to turn right and go through a neighborhood, just to get to a road that's literally 100 yards away to turn left," Justin Glasscock said.

Glasscock also says the detour is only one of many issues.

"We get woken up by construction workers knocking on the door. They say, turn off the power, turn off the water, and turn off the internet daily. They also have us move our cars just for them to move their equipment in and out," Glasscock said.

Many local business owners say they will also will be impacted by the closure.

"Well, you take an area where the traffic count is already down, a lot of restaurants are already struggling in this area, several have closed down through this area, and you change people's driving habits. By being closed for almost a week, once you change people's driving habits, it's hard to get them to come back," Firehouse Pizza owner, Eric Sublett said.

Sublett also says while he plans to continue delivering to his customers, other businesses may not have that ability.

"Well, anyone who doesn't have delivery service will definitely be taking notice and probably spending more time on advertising just to let people know you're still here; you're still open," Sublett said.

He just hopes the project will have a positive impact.

"If it is an improvement, maybe the traffic count will come back. If it a negative response, you'll never have the traffic count back."


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