TIPP CITY, Ohio (WDTN) - The hum of vehicles has rarely sounded so sweet.
"The road's are open," says M n J's Gift Boutique owner Mary Wethington. "Look at the traffic."
The streets and sidewalks in downtown Tipp City are now filled with customers instead of cones.
The $3.4 million project to replace the roughly 100-year-old water and sewer lines is finally finished and not a moment too soon for business owners.
"It's been a long summer, let's put it that way," says Living Simply Soap owner Tanya Brown. "A long dusty summer,"
But now the owner of Living Simply Soap Tanya Brown hopes the new downtown will help her clean up.
She says she lost 20 to 25 percent of her business during the heart of the construction.
So we asked her if it was all worth it?
"Definitely," Brown says. "A summer of inconvenience as opposed to years and years."
When we last talked to Wethington she was concerned about the construction's impact on September's Mum Festival.
So now that it's done what does she think?
"We'll see," Wethington says. "We hope that it's all been worthwhile."
As part of the project the city replaced the trees, sidewalks and street lights.
"With the improvements I think they'll see a lot of traffic down here and I think the shop keepers are really going to be happy," says Tipp City resident Daryl Medaris.
When the project started some worried about the old trees being taken down, but business owners say even with the changes the downtown has retained its charm.
"We had to come together and compromise and I think those people would agree this is beautiful and an asset to downtown," Brown says.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new downtown will be Saturday October 25 at Third and Main Streets.
The festivities start at 9.
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