Several simultaneous construction projects frustrate southern Indiana drivers
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Gridlock, brake lights and the dreaded orange cones are back for another year.
Hoosiers are used to road work when the weather heats up, but this year they say getting somewhere in New Albany is like driving in downtown Louisville during rush hour.
"It's a pain in the elbow," frustrated driver Doug Harmon said Wednesday.
New Albany City Engineer Larry Summers admits there's a lot going at once, but he also said there are good reasons for it.
"Early in the spring, it's raining too much. In the winter, it's too cold," Summers said. "We have some projects that have deadlines that we have to move the projects forward by, so we have to get these projects in within a certain amount of time."
Grant Line reconstruction, which started Wednesday, will include drainage improvements. State Street signals are the reason for the months-long mess there.
"The signals are going to be able to communicate with one another and be able to sense cars that are there," explained Summers. "So traffic will move much better."
At Silver Street and Charlestown Road, sewer problems are getting fixed. Paving work is taking over many of the other streets in town.
But it's not just New Albany dealing with the construction woes. Highway 150 in Greenville is down to one lane for bridge construction, and Jeffersonville's 10th Street is getting pavement replacement.
"I know they're busting their humps trying to get it done, but hurry up," Harmon said.
The work on State Street is set to wrap up at the end of this month.
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