BOONVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Construction cones, closed sidewalks, new traffic patterns: As the area around Boonville’s courthouse gets a new look, drivers and those frequenting local businesses have had to work around it all.
“It’ll be a big change in the square.”
Brick by brick downtown Boonville is getting a makeover.
“Much much better. Much better. “
Construction cones, caution tape, and sometimes confusing traffic changes have been a way of life here for some time.
“It was so bad you couldn’t even walk down the street, drive the street. Traffic was congested.
But by the end of the year, it should be business as usual with an upgrade.
We’re told the timeline looks something like this: The contractor hopes to have the concrete work wrapped up by the end of the month.
“Once that happens, we’ll have to be on hold for a while, because of our signal lights.”
That’s because of a flood in Nebraska.
“It wiped the plant out where all these big uh, black signal lights are made.”
That caused a two-and-a-half-month delay, but the lights are predicted to be ready by the first week of September. It’s far from the only frustration during the project – the shop owners say they’re frustrated there’s been work in front of their storefronts for as long as 10 weeks.
“There’s been some struggles.”
“Like anything, you pay for it.”
In the end, two arches will welcome people to Boonville on Main Street and Locust Street.
“They’ll go over the street, it’ll say Boonville, they’re wrought iron.”
The final touches are security cameras, PA systems and more are planned for October.
“This is just going to be a show place in the future. I think the community will just be enormously proud of it.”
And then after all the work, there is play.
“We’re gonna celebrate the square being done!”
(This story was originally published on July 30, 2019)