Headaches of Highway Construction

July 21st, 2014 at 8:53 pm by under Eric Halvorson's Blog

carmel 31No one likes highway construction — except for the people making money from the work. Otherwise, we all complain when we’re stuck in traffic or forced into a detour.

Our problems are minor when compared to what Teresa Mackin found for a few businesses in Carmel.

Monday afternoon, I asked Mayor Jim Brainard about the concerns of the business owners caught in the INDOT construction on U.S. 31.

“The key is the closure’s going to be over by November 1,” he said.  In that case, the alternative would have been work done in stages over many years.  “And, I think businesses are much better able to withstand a bad period that’s relatively short than year after year after year of construction.”

“I think, once that road’s open again, they’re going to get lots of business.  There’ll be more cars using that road.  And things should get better very quickly for them.”

We also asked Brainard about the extension of weight limits at certain intersections in Carmel.  The city decided to take action after seeing some truck drivers “not following the assigned detour routes, ending up on a lot of our side streets.  It’s creating a lot of damage, creating a lot of complaints.”

This is likely to mean more tickets than warnings for violators.


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