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Local Business Trying To Cope With Road Construction

The owner of the Hoosier Barber Shop is trying to remain optimistic, despite the construction going on outside his business.

As some roads in Bloomington open after months of construction, one local business owner is trying to make up for lost business.

Jay Thomas opened the Hoosier Barbershop ten years ago near the intersection of 10th and the highway 45/46 bypass. Until recently, his customers could come or go from his business from either direction of either road.

Now, with medians being installed on both roads, his customers will have limited access to the shop.

“You can come in, if you’re coming from campus, you can come in from 10th Street, but to leave, you can’t turn left,” he says. “It’s changed, we’ve been here ten years, and its never been like this before.”

Thomas says at times during the summer, his parking lot has been completely closed, forcing many of his elderly customers to park across the street and cross the heavily congested highway on foot. He says a lack of project coordination frustrates him.

“10th street is a city project, and 45/46 is a state project, and I don’t think they are working together the best they can,” he says. “It’s been hard.”

Still, Johnson maintains a positive attitude towards the changes. He’s letting his customers know the best routes to his business, and hopes the new traffic patterns won’t keep anybody away.

A City of Bloomington Utilities spokesman say his department completed work at that intersection about two weeks ago, and says he never had any trouble communicating with INDOT.

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