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Clarksville's Eastern Boulevard finally under construction

A busy commercial area in southern Indiana is getting a long-awaited facelift.  Eastern Boulevard in Clarksville is officially under construction.

The long awaited project will turn Clarksville's Eastern Boulevard into a mom-and-pop shopping destination like Louisville's Bardstown Road.

"It's been a long time coming.  I think people have been wondering about it.  We're here to celebrate it," said Jeanne Meredith, president of the Clarksville Main St. Assn.

Meredith is one of many city leaders and business owners looking forward to a makeover for a street that's home to all sorts of businesses, from automotive to financial services to restaurants.

Over the next two years, Eastern will get nearly one mile of new sidewalks on both sides of the street.  That includes new lights, signs, flowers, and trees to brighten up a commercial corridor that people say needs a boost.

Rosalie Lamping's real estate company has been in business since the 1950s.  She wants Eastern Boulevard to become more pedestrian-friendly.

"If you're in a car, that's fine.  You can pull in the parking lot.  If you're walking up and down the streets, you have to dodge the shrubbery and the curbs, the gutters," said Lamping.

The groundbreaking marks the beginning of a two year project that will also widen the road at intersections to create turning lanes.

"You're going to cuss us and fuss us for two years while this is under construction.  But just remember, it's for the best for the community," said Paul Kraft, president of the Clarksville Town Council.

Clarksville's city government will provide tax incentives to people who want to improve their property.

"I think the redevelopment is going to bring a lot of business to the area.  I think it will make people feel more comfortable walking up and down the street," said Shannon Kopf, with SK Signs.

One reason Clarksville town council members say it's taken so long to start the beautification project is that contractors kept bidding too high.

The cost of the project is a little over $5 million.

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