Businesses along Waldron Rd. finally see construction relief
LA VERGNE, Tenn. -
It's the news several businesses in La Vergne have been waiting years for.
Construction along Waldron Road has finally moved beyond their front doors.
Tennessee Department of Transportation is widening a stretch of Waldron Road from Interstate 24 to Murfreesboro Road from two to five lanes.
The project began in December 2009 and should have been completed on November 30 2011, but TDOT officials told Nashville's News 2 there were problems with relocating utilities, which caused the completion date to get pushed back to October 2012.
Since construction began, businesses in the heart of the orange barrels said they have lost out on a lot of business.
"It's taken us down quite a bit," said Jeremy Sargent, manager of Wine and Spirits Unlimited "Within the first two weeks of road construction on Waldron Road it had probably dropped us down a good 40%."
Sargent said as the months of construction continued outside his shop located near the corner of Ingram Boulevard, business consistently decreased.
"At its peak, it was a little more than 50% down," he said.
During that time, Sargent said he and others working at the store could watch the traffic confusion play out in front of them.
"There was a lot of confusion, a lot of lane shifting, a lot of cars that didn't know where to go," he said.
As a result, Sargent told Nashville's News 2, people started avoiding Wine and Spirits Unlimited all together.
"It was definitely frustrating," he said, "I know our customers have been frustrated, too, because we have people who wanted to support us, but didn't have time to sit in 20 to 30 minutes traffic just to see us."
However, Sargent's luck and everyone else's on the corner near Ingram Boulevard is turning around.
Construction has finally moved past their entrances and further on down Waldron Road.
The timing couldn't be better for Sargent, who is getting the store ready for one of its most profitable holidays, New Year's Eve.
"We're really hoping this will push us into the New Year and really start turning things around and getting our customers to come back, but not just to our store, but the exit in general," said Sargent.
Sargent said their store is hosting a free champagne tasting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday to gear up for the big sales weekend.