Earl Avenue construction causing headaches for business owners

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Construction along Earl Avenue has streets detoured and even closed in some areas. Some local business owners said the confusion is causing them to lose business.

“Is this construction ever going to end? When are they going to be done? How long are they going to be doing this? Do they even tell you anything?” said business owner Chris Meyer

That’s the response Meyer said she hears from customers trying to get to her Earl Avenue business. The Scrub-A-Duds Laundromat owner said construction along Earl Avenue has restricted access to her business, persuading customers to do their laundry elsewhere.

“When you lose 20 percent of your business in a six week period, it’s a big loss,” said Meyer.

However, Scrub-A-Duds isn’t the only Earl Avenue business affected by the project.

The road in front of Janie Peters business is completely closed, forcing crews to create a temporary access. Although business may be down a little now, the owner of ART of Framing said she’s optimistic the completed project will draw customers.

“When it gets finished, it’s going to be great. It’s going to be a little bit wider. We’re going to have a walking path, so maybe we’ll get some more exposure,” said Peters.

Water Pollution Control Superintendent Brad Talley said temporary signs have been placed to help customers find businesses, but asks owners to just be patient as they finish the work.

“We are nearing completion and it will be great. But just hang in there, and we’ll be done sooner or later,” said Talley.

Meyer and Peters said they know the detours won’t last forever and have been working with people to make sure they know the best route. Both agree the city could do a little more to protect small businesses from losing their customers.

“I think media-wise they should do more. They could let people know that these specific businesses are open for business,” said Peters.

“They should take us into consideration. They should realize, we’re losing money. We’re losing customers,” said Meyer. “People are not happy if they can’t get to where they need to go.”

Talley said the road in front of both businesses should be reopened by August.

For current traffic information, including detours and closures, click here.

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