Local business owner concerned about Teal Road intersection project

The Indiana Department of Transportation is planning to improve the intersection of 4th Street, Poland Hill Road and U.S. 52.

Posted: Sep 8, 2020 6:37 PM
Updated: Sep 8, 2020 7:16 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — If you've ever driven through the intersection of 4th Street, Poland Hill Road, and U.S. 52., then you know how confusing it can be, especially if you're not familiar with it.

However, there's good news. INDOT has a plan to make it easier to navigate.

News 18 spoke with the daughter of this flower shop's owner. She worries the project will hurt business.

"It's a busy intersection. A lot of stuff goes on and we've had lots of wrecks," Jennifer Logan with Valley Flowers.

The intersection has been a problem for Lafayette's Valley Flowers.

"We get traffic coming into our parking lot trying to cut through, avoiding the stoplights," explained Logan.

The traffic is split into several directions where the roads meet.

"Before they put those splitters in, we didn't have all this craziness," added Logan.

However, things could get better. INDOT is planning to remove the splitter islands, adjust the alignment of lanes, and add a new storm sewer.

Logan thinks it could hurt business.

"They're taking away one of the entrances we use on a daily basis," she said.

Logan fears only having one entrance and exit will not only make it difficult for her delivery drivers, but it could also slow down business.

"It's stressful," Logan explained. "We're trying to run a family business. Keep going."

She also worries about the road closing during construction, but INDOT spokesperson Debbie Calder said that's unavoidable.

"There will be some times, and we'll publicize way in advance, that there will be some closures of that intersection," Calder explained.

Calder said INDOT is required to create access to all businesses.

Logan is trying to stay optimistic.

"I think if they fix it, it might be better," said Logan. "Hopefully."

This project is part of a three mile long rehabilitation project along Teal Road. It starts at Old Romney Road and ends at South 30th Street. It will improve the roadway, add new storm sewers, curbs and sidewalks where needed.

Right now crews are doing utility work to prepare, and INDOT is expected to start the bulk of the construction in 2022.

When that happens, News 18 will make sure to keep you updated on any closures or traffic restrictions.

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