Businesses already feel impact of US 31 closure

Section has been closed for two weeks

CARMEL, Ind. - It has been two weeks since crews started shutting down parts of U.S. 31 in Hamilton County, and neighbors and businesses are already feeling the impact.

Contractors have wasted no time in stripping away the asphalt as they prepare to replace traffic lights with overpasses and roundabouts.

Before the closure, the manager of Amber Indian Restaurant predicted a 15-percent drop in revenue. Two weeks later, Sukhi Mann said the reality has been closer to a 25-percent drop.

The normally packed dining room on a Friday night was not even close to half-full.

"You can see how many people we have in the restaurant, but still I want to say thank you to all of my customers that come in to support us," Mann said.

Customers like Ravneet Behla are still willing to navigate a course full of detour barrels and barriers for what matters to them more.

"At the end of the day what matters is taste so that's why I'm here," Behla said.

Other restaurant managers said business was slower for them too, but most seemed to think they will be able to survive until U.S. 31 opens again in late November.

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