After years of dealing with orange barrels and detours, Louisville-area commuters might have been hoping for relief in the New Year.The good news is the bridges are finished and traffic is flowing through a realigned Spaghetti Junction. The bad news is there are big pockets of trouble facing thousands of downtown drivers for another year or more.A string of seemingly never-ending downtown construction projects continues almost unabated, including the huge Omni hotel complex and the makeover of Kentucky International Convention Center. And nearly two dozen more are soon scheduled to start, with one big new headache coming in a few days when a strategic block of Third Street closes in the heart of downtown.”It’s been a hassle, but the projects are good for downtown,” said Jeremy Stein, manager of Stewart’s Pawn Shop at 113 W. Jefferson St. He’s seen days when customers had a tough time getting into his parking lot because of the construction and detours.Paul Miranda, general manager of the upscale Eddie Merlot’s Restaurant at Fourth and Muhammad Ali, said that on some days, with unexpected road closures, it has been “a nightmare” for him to get to the restaurant from his East End home. He said the downtown work has… Read full this story
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