Business owners have concerns about Klondike Road project

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Nearly $6 million worth of improvements planned for Klondike Road in Tippecanoe County are concerning to some business owners.

The improvements include widening the road to four lanes, adding two roundabouts, a path and a sidewalk. The two roundabouts will be at Lindberg Road and Cumberland Avenue. Also, two drainage structures will be replaced.

Some who own businesses on Klondike voiced some concerns at an open house hosted by the Tippecanoe County Highway Department Monday evening.

“Basically, they’re taking some more of our property. This is the third time that we’ve lost property in the last 10 years, and now we’re losing our mulch bays. So, we’re getting pushed out and going to have to find another property or figure something else out,” said Robert Lockhart, owner of Branching Out Garden Center and Route 52 Auto.

“I think it will help us in the long run, but we’re just seeing how it will affect us while it’s under construction,” said Nancy Fassnacht with Midwest Rentals.

“There are a lot of unknowns until the buyers and appraisers actually get hired and start working on this, so a lot of the questions we can’t answer today. There’s a lot of unknowns that make people nervous about what’s going to be happening to their property,” said County Highway Director Opal Kuhl.

Bidding on the project might not take place until 2016 and construction could take another two years, according to Kuhl.

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