Fortner Street and Honeysuckle Improvements

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

"I'd give up my little share that i got but i don't go but from down here to the telephone pole," said John Vardamaskos, a retired man who lives off of Fortner Street.

Vardamamoskos says that in reference to property owners along Fortner street who will have to give up some of their land in order for improvements to be made to an area of road that has been plagued with issues for years.

Traci Johnston has worked at Hemispheres Spa for a number of years and for every one of them the intersection here has been an issue.

"I've had people leave on time for appointments, then when they get to that red light it takes them five to ten minutes to get in," says Johnson.

The spa will likely lose its parking lot in the road expansion and that goes for a number of businesses and residents who will forgo their pavement for progress.

A year ago this week, planners unveiled their intentions for the area, and they're still confident a deal can be reached.

"Right now we're buying or we're acquiring property throughout that area and trying to get that completed," said City Traffic Engineer Charles Metzger. "We've got about 29 properties we've got to go through."

After those properties are done, the city will also need to handle the utilities and other issues like the Beaver Creek Bridge, but as many who work and leave in the area feel hopefully can make the project a reality by spring of 2009.

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