Written and Reported by WVUA 23 Reporter Erin McNallyConstruction that began last summer has forced businesses in downtown Tuscaloosa to deal with a slower flow of customers.The $23.7 million construction project on the north and southbound lanes of Lurleen Wallace Boulevard is leaving some local businesses very unhappy.The construction has made it much more difficult for drivers to navigate downtown Tuscaloosa and some streets have closed altogether. Image Makers, located on University Boulevard, was preparing their customers back in the summer.“The construction was something that we were given a little bit of an advanced notice,” said Image Makers Owner Alan Page. “And we basically prepared our customers for it so that it wouldn’t be a big shock.”Some businesses have been affected by road construction for months. But the recent closure of University Boulevard is making it even worse.“It definitely has affected the rate at which people are able to get here,” said Frutta Bowls Manager John Feiser. “And also people not knowing which people streets are going to be closed when so they take a different route to get here every time.”In addition to improving driving quality, the road will also remove all parallel parking spots from Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard and create spots on side streets. The project is set to wrap up in December 2019.