Businesses Worry Construction Will Deter Shoppers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Drivers coming to and from the Northland will have to find a new route for the next five months. Starting Saturday, MoDOT is closing 169 in both directions north of Wheeler Downtown Airport to Route 9.

That means no  access to the Broadway Bridge. FOX 4 spoke to several shop owners at Briarcliff Village on Wednesday. Despite there being detours that still get you to that area, some of the owners worry the closure will keep customers away.

"We're going into our heavy shopping time and so we're hoping that's not going to hurt us," said Mindy Diaz with the Design in the City Boutique.

MoDOT estimates more than 35,000 drivers day take 169 and will have to find a new route until mid December. Until the closure begins, business owners anxiously wonder how it will affect them.

While some shop owners are worried about the closures impact on sales, another sees it as a possible business boost.

"People here in the area had the foresight to put in the new interchange at Briarcliff Parkway and Highway 9," said Darrell Coleman owner of Eclektica Salon.

The salon's owner is confident the closure won't affect its faithful clientele and believes is could even help attract customers who typically drive farther south.

MoDOT says if you're used to taking the Broadway Extension, take the Heart of America Bridge or the Bond Bridge. Click here for more details on the 169 Highway closure.

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