New Albany plans intersection changes in spite of neighbor's concerns
The city of New Albany’s plan to redo a busy intersection is being met with resistance from neighbors in the area.
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- The city of New Albany’s plan to redo a busy intersection is being met with resistance from neighbors in the area.
The city announced on Monday that Mt. Tabor Road at Klerner Lane is set to undergo a major makeover. According to the city, the project includes 1.1 miles of new road construction, curbs, new drainage system and sidewalks.
However, some neighbors aren’t thrilled.
“It will devalue the property quite a bit, but it will also ruin my privacy,” said Janet Applegate, who has lived in the corner house at the intersection since 1951.
The city says the project is needed because there are currently no sidewalks along the stretch of road or at the intersection. There have also been issues with drainage and the road crumbling near Slate Run Creek.
“The city is more interested in cars right now than they are people,” Applegate said. “It's disappointing that they don't consider the property owners, the tax payers.”
The project will cost around $6.5 million with the city paying around $1.3 million and the rest coming from federal funding.
In 2013, the city wanted to create a roundabout in the area, but that plan was dismantled after outcry from the neighbors who have problems with the new plan as well.
“It's a neighborhood,” Applegate said. “We're not going to be a neighborhood when they start moving and taking ground.”
Neighbors say they plan to fight the project as long as they can, even if some say they don’t believe much will be done.
“I think our voices are being heard, because we're loud and we're upset,” Applegate said. “But as far as anything coming of it, I really don't see anything.”
A public hearing on the plan is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
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