The state closed part of the highway in April and says it's scheduled to reopen by Thanksgiving.
Brainard says the closure is cheaper, safer and faster than piecemeal lane closures.
Local businesses owners say it has deterred customers. Jersey's Café says it has lost more than $50,000 per month in revenue.
J Razzo's owner says the restaurant's lunch business is down 50 percent. He says people don't go where there's construction even though surrounding roads are open.