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Zionsville bridge closing could be trouble for village merchants

Zionsville bridge closing could be trouble for village merchants

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — The sign on the side of the Sycamore Street that leads out of Zionsville, right after you pass Lions Park says the road will be closed in five days.

Depending on where you live, the road is also known as 116th Street and State Road 334.

But the 15,000 people who live in Zionsville cannot come back into or leave town via Michigan Road while the bridge is taken down and replaced.

The county commissioners have been working to redo the bridge for a number of years. The guard rails are rusted in several spots. In fact, the commissioners tell News 8 the steel is no longer strong enough to withstand an impact.

It has been 50 years since any mayor work was done to this bridge. There are chunks of concrete along the road and plenty of cracks in the concrete above and below the bridge decking.

Karin Glass owns Serenity restaurant on Main Street. She, like many of the other downtown merchants, depend on a steady stream of traffic coming into town. Glass says the county didn’t offer much warning that the road was closing so soon, and she questions why the construction is scheduled to take six months.

“Let’s say it is having a heart by-pass surgery, and you forget to hook up the veins. We now have a situation where 334 is down for six months. Zionsville Road has to be completed so that is the second artery, so we are really left with coming from Lebanon on 334 or a couple of back ways, but the county has assured me they will leave one lane open while they are resurfacing,” said Glass.

Glass says she has set up a website and will post daily pictures of the progress and hopefully alert her customers that Zionsville is still open for business.

If all goes well, the road and the bridge should be completed by Labor Day weekend.