Restaurant worries about how I-16/1-75 interchange project will affect business

Potential impact of I-16 on-ramp closure

Work continues on the I-16/I-75 interchange reconstruction project and starting Monday night, the Spring Street onramp to I-16E will be permanently closed.

Some local restaurants are worried about the possible impact on their business.

El Sombrero, a Mexican restaurant on Gray Highway, is one of many stores in a plaza less than a mile away from the I-16 ramp closure.

Manager Karina Hernandez says she's not looking forward to the after effects of the closure.

"All of this blocking traffic is going to affect our business very bad," said Hernandez.

She travels on that ramp daily to commute to work and says that she's not looking forward to possible delays on Monday night.

"We found out like probably two weeks ago, because we saw the sign on the exit saying that they are going to be closing," said Hernandez.

Hernandez says during lunch hours the restaurant is packed, but she thinks people might not want to deal with the excess traffic during a short lunch break.

"Customers come from offices, from Geico, from Riverside…so it's going to be a bit different. This week we're going to see a big difference, because they are going to choose somewhere else. Something close and they're going to try and avoid all of this traffic," said Hernandez.

The detour will divert traffic onto Emery Highway, then to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and back onto I-16.

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