NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Neighbors in New Albany say the city is forcing them to sell part of their property to make way for a proposed road expansion.
Neighbors who live along Mount Tabor Road held a meeting Monday to discuss the project. They said they will have to give up a lot just so the city can expand the road by two feet.
New Albany resident Dennis Feiock said, "In many cases the property lines along the new road come within 8 or 10 feet of the homes and that means no trees, no shrubs, no noise protection from the street development, so that's what's got the neighbors fired up."
The City of New Albany said the project will benefit all drivers and pedestrians.
City of New Albany spokesman Michael Hall released the following statement about the project:
"The City of New Albany held a public meeting last year, that was attended by the Mayor and other city officials, and heard public comment from residents. The consensus from that meeting was to remove the roundabout at Klerner Lane and Mt. Tabor Road.
This is a federal aid road project (80% federal funding, 20% local funding) which will provide new curbs, new sidewalks, and a new drainage system. Most importantly, this project provides a long-term solution to the erosion and safety issues on Mt. Tabor Road. Over 2 years ago, a slide occurred on the hillside of Mt. Tabor Road. The City provided a temporary solution to the erosion issues 2 years ago, and this new federally funded project will ensure that a long-term solution is in place that keeps residents and families in the neighborhood safe. The project will benefit all drivers and pedestrians in New Albany, in addition to the residents of Mt. Tabor Road, Klerner Lane, and surrounding areas, and we are excited about the opportunity that the new construction brings.
We will continue to listen to our neighbors as we proceed to bring this long overdue road improvement to the residents of New Albany. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin Summer 2018."