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Oak Hill Rd. still closed, but hopefully not for long

Road closed signs still standing along Oak Hill Rd. still closed, but hopefully not for long, a busy Evansville road, a closure that continues to hurt some businesses.

The road work is part of Airport Runway Extension Project and as of Thursday night, there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel.

The work keeps drivers and customers from going East on Kansas Rd., from State Rd. 57, to get to Jeff Dike's farm market.

The airport says it will be this way until the railroad complete it's work later this spring.

"We've been trying to get ready for spring and get our greenhouse loaded up with flowers," says Dike. "And we're watching them put the bridge in."

Dike also says the road closures that began last year outside his farms were originally supposed to last just 60 days.

"The bridge and everything was supposed to be constructed during that time, but they ran into an issue," says Dike.

The issue it appears, is that Indiana Southern Railroad hasn't begun it's work on the Kansas Rd crossing.

"The railroad would not let Vectren cross with their power lines and I think that issue is still kind of up in the air," says Dianna Page with the Evansville Regional Airport.

Page says the work will get done somewhere down the line.

"Right now we're working on a timeline with the railroad," says Page. "I mean it will get resolved but I'm not aware of any final resolutions at this point."

But that leaves Dike wondering when the road will again be filled with customers.

"We're grateful for whatever progress we are getting out here," says Dike. "Very grateful."

"When you have construction and a business, there's going to be some pains, you're going to have to deal with it. Hopefully we're on the downside of it now."

Page says the road work portion is expected to wrap-up in about 20 or 30 days, but the rail crossing work, they're just not sure.

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