Businesses prepare for Sagamore Pkwy. construction

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Nicholas Wilson has been a manager at the CLS Pawn Shop in Lafayette for nearly five years and notices one thing every day when he drives to work.

“The road is in terrible condition,” said Wilson.

That road is Sagamore Parkway, where crews will begin the third phase of construction Sunday.

This phase includes paving the area between the Home Depot and McCarty Lane, a three-week project with a portion happening right outside the pawn shop.

“I think the general consensus here — with all of the employees and the owners here — is that it’s going to be frustrating. But it’s something that we’re going to deal with, and we’re happy that it’s going to be done in a timely fashion,” said Wilson.

Wilson admits while it’s not ideal for business, it’s something the community has been waiting for.

“I hear a lot of people honking out there at each other,” said Wilson. “So, anything to improve that intersection will make this a happier area.”

Down the road at Shear’s Salon and Spa, it’s not just business owners who are happy, but customers.

Alta Reed has been a client at the salon for more than 20 years and said Sagamore Parkway has always had a reputation.

“It seems like as long as I can remember, there’s always a problem,” said Reed.

While the construction may be inconvenient for a few weeks, Reed said the end product will be worth it.

“We know for improvements we have to put up with a little discomfort for just a little bit of time,” said Reed. “It’ll be great when it’s done.”

Reed said maybe then, her trips down Sagamore will go a little more smoothly.

“Maybe I can ride and not have my teeth jiggle around in my mouth,” laughed Reed.

City engineers said they’ll be doing overnight construction from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. to help cut down on the inconvenience factor.

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