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SR 37 project getting pushback in Hamilton Co.

Posted at 11:34 AM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 12:09:08-04

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. -- A plan to improve the traffic flow on a stretch of State Road 37 in Hamilton County has been met with pushback from business owners who say it will cost them thousands.

It's a high-traffic area that often sees congestion.

To try and solve that, Hamilton County, Fishers and Noblesville approved a plan to bring in roundabouts on 37 at all the major intersections from I-69 to 146th Street.

But business owners in the area are concerned about the added congestion and less traffic that could come from the construction.

One business located along the route -- Almadina International Foods -- just opened up and the owner is already concerned that it may have to close shop.

"The problem is that it's going to take so long," Mohammed Abashaar of Alamadina International Foods said. "So that's the deal. ... We're talking about years. And that's going to kill businesses."

"There was a marketing plan where we would come up with $250,000 and Fishers would come up with $250,000," Fred Glynn, a Hamilton County Councilman, said. "We'd just come up with some kind of campaign to get people to keep soliciting those businesses during construction. That was the only thing that we could do on our end because we don't do the contracts. The contractors don't work for us, we're the fiscal body."

Workers are supposed to break ground on this project in 2017. It's about two-and-a-half miles of road that has a lot of people concerned.