Lyons View Pike has been closed for two weeks to allow KUB crews to complete utility work.
The closure is anticipated to last for seven months and had many in Knoxville predicting heavy traffic back ups along Kingston Pike.
The only drivers who are supposed to use Lions View Pike are people who live along the road.
Many shoppers and several businesses say the first week brought the anticipated delays and gridlock. But as people continue to find alternative routes, the delays began to wane.
Rush hour along Kingston Pike moved normally Thursday evening.
It's promising news for commuters. But as people use other roads for travel, they may also use other businesses for shopping.
Ashe's Wines and Spirits sits at the eastern end of Lyons View Pike and Kingston Pike. Owner Thad Cox says they have seen a slight decline in rush hour sales.
But he can recall many other Kingston Pike road projects.
"We've endured a lot and survived, so we'll survive this too," said Cox.
He also praised KUB's efforts to work with businesses and keep them informed.
KUB is regularly updated a blog with information on the time table and specifics of the project.
You can find that at http://lyonsviewpikeproject.blogspot.com