Upper Milford businesses suffering because of Buckeye Road still being closed

Crews continue cleanup of diesel fuel spilled in deadly crash last week

Author: , Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published: Nov 18 2012 07:00:00 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 21 2012 07:02:05 AM EST
UPPER MILFORD TWP., Pa. -

Some business owners in Lehigh County said a crash a week ago is still crippling their cash flow.

The crash led to a major fuel spill on Buckeye Road in Upper Milford Township.

One business owner says he's already lost nearly $100,000 and it could get worse.

Buckeye Road is open leading up to each business. Owners even put out a makeshift sign saying that they're open, but still no one is coming in to buy.

You can see Department of Environmental Protection workers moving soil from the crash site on Buckeye Road to property owned by Steve Kahlon, president of Blackman's Cycle.

"It's been pretty difficult. There really hasn't been a lot of business since this happened," Kahlon said. "It's basically next to nothing. It's hard to get people through."

Blackman's Cycle is not the only place losing business a week since the accident.

"Businesses in general are struggling in these times and to have a week or week and a half go by where you lose 57 percent of revenue on a particular entity within your business, it impacts the bottom line," said Michael Harned, owner of Harned-Durham Oil.

Because the construction is not at his property, Harned got approval to put up a sign saying five businesses on Buckeye Road were open.

But even though the road is part way open, some people are still stopped by flaggers and with a detour sign so close, others are just driving by.

"I understand everyone's got a job to do here and they can't be encumbered by people coming around there and gawking or turning around," Harned said.

Business owners do want some people coming by so they can get money on the books, but the only indication they are open is this sign.

Business owners and residents around Buckeye Road are still dealing with not having any water. DEP officials say they hopeĀ  to restore water service by Wednesday.