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Roosevelt Road closes as work on new Valpo roundabout begins

Workers begpeel away layers road as work Five Points Roundabout forced closure sectiRoosevelt Road Valparaiso Monday May 13 2013. The

Workers begin to peel away layers of of road as work on the Five Points Roundabout forced the closure of a section of Roosevelt Road in Valparaiso Monday May 13, 2013. The road is scheduled to be closed for at least a number of weeks. | Andy Lavalley~Sun-Times Media

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Go to www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/index.aspx?NID=1243 <http://www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/index.aspx?NID=1243> for construction updates on the roundabout at the Five Point intersection.

Updated: May 13, 2013 10:25PM



VALPARAISO — Brady Bryan hopes work on the Five Points Roundabout finishes quickly.

Bryan owns Home Pro and Bath Pro at 2504 Roosevelt Road and, starting Monday, Roosevelt will be closed for three months as work on the roundabout progresses.

His business, as well as Bryant’s Pools next door at 2602 Roosevelt Road, are open during the construction, but Bryan worried Monday about how trucks making deliveries would access his business, especially during the busiest time of year for his company.

Workers at Bryant’s Pools declined to comment on the impact the roadwork is having on their business.

“If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be frustrating,” Bryan said, adding utility trucks have blocked his driveway and he doesn’t feel the city did enough to inform businesses about the project’s impact.

The city has made “every effort” to let the general public and local businesses know about the project, said Tim Burkman, the city’s engineering director.

An April 3 meeting at the Valparaiso Family YMCA targeting the business community drew about 15 people, but not many businesses turned out, Burkman said, adding the city also has fliers about the project available in the lobby of City Hall and a website for the project, www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/index.aspx?NID=1243.

“Obviously, anybody in the vicinity is going to consider a project in the area an impact,” he said.

The project is being done in three phases, Burkman said, and should be complete by November. Roosevelt is scheduled to be closed until Aug. 26.

Bryan said he isn’t against the roundabout, which he thinks will be great improvement for traffic in that area in the long run.

“It would have been nice to have a little bit more of a heads up about what to expect on our property,” he said. “I hope it will make traffic better, but this is just a big pain.”



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