By TAYLOR DURDEN | WAVE 3 News
A Bardstown Road restaurant owner said an electrical construction project is hurting his business.
Eat a Pita Louisville owner Mohammad Imam said over the past several months, he has noticed the construction happening on and off.
“It’s been a process,” Imam said. “I understand that these things need to happen to make our infrastructure and everything better and go faster, but I feel like they don’t take into consideration small businesses that they affect in the process.”
LG&E confirmed it is installing a new transmission pole right outside the business. The electric company said the project is happening in two phases: the first phase happened in the fall and the second phase started on Monday.
Imam said crews set up right outside the front door of Eat a Pita on Monday, right in the parking spaces out front, prohibiting anyone from being able to park there during the lunch rush.
“(The spaces outside the building) are available. There’s no meters or anything on these so if my customers use them and rely on them for our business,” Imam said, adding that the construction is hurting his business financially. “It really kills my lunchtime sales. Like I said, we’ve lost hundreds of dollars on a daily basis when they’re out here.”
LG&E-KU Media Relations Manager Liz Pratt said this has been a planned project. She said the utility obtained permits from KYTC to install the transmission pole.
“We will take great steps to help minimize the impact, particularly for businesses,” Pratt said. “That includes making sure that we are mindful of sidewalks and walkways but also the hours in which we’re performing the work. In this case, in this immediate area, our crews are working between 9 AM and 3 PM.”
Pratt confirmed LG&E contracted the work out to a company in Western Kentucky. She said the crews blocked the parking spaces, but the sidewalks and entrance to the building were not blocked.
LG&E said the work should be complete later this week or early next week at the latest.