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Road Sage for June 2

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Samuel Hoffman | The Journal Gazette
Motorists wind their way down the exit from Coliseum Boulevard onto Washington Boulevard on Friday. The area has been affected by ongoing construction.

Cloverleaf among ongoing headaches

Road Sage isn’t perfect. I admit this, so please accept this effort to right the wrongs of the past week.

Q. Your article in Tuesday’s Journal Gazette on major projects did not mention a tremendous headache at the railroad overpass on South Coliseum Boulevard as Indiana 930 turns eastward to New Haven. Would you publish some information on the Coliseum project and perhaps an explanation of why it was omitted? – Bill Maxwell, Fort Wayne

A. Bill, you were not the only one to notice this omission. My only explanation is that I simply didn’t think to include it, which is a bit surprising considering I drive through it every day.

But better late than never, right? I can provide some details on the project, which I agree is quite the headache, especially with Lake Avenue under construction and Clinton Street partly closed.

Back in April, the state closed the right eastbound lane on Coliseum as it approaches the cloverleaf with Washington Boulevard. The restriction is necessary to allow crews to replace and widen the eastbound bridge deck over the Norfolk Southern railroad.

The ramp to westbound Washington is open – the one that is part of the official detour for truck traffic normally using Clinton Street – although it requires navigating a detour onto the ramp that typically takes traffic from Washington to Coliseum. Obviously, this ramp is closed.

Toni Mayo, spokeswoman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said Primco is on schedule and about 40 percent complete with the $1.2 million project. In July, the eastbound right lane and northwest loop will reopen, but the eastbound left lane then will be closed. The project is scheduled to be finished by October.

Toll Road work

While I wanted to include it, information about work on the Indiana Toll Road wasn’t received in time for Tuesday’s special summer construction bonus column, but that doesn’t mean I won’t share it with my regular readers.

Amber Kettring, Toll Road spokeswoman, said 85 lane miles of pavement will be repaired. The work, fortunately, will not be done during the day between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In our area, most of the work was completed before Memorial Day, although some road striping remains.

The Toll Road plans to start repairs on four bridges as soon as the fall, but they will affect only travelers leaving northeast Indiana. Two of the bridges are in St. Joseph County, one is in Porter County and the fourth is in LaPorte County.

Lima lights

Q. The light at Lima Road and Northbrook Boulevard seems to favor the east-west on Northbrook, much more than the heavily traveled Lima Road. Since Lima construction has been completed for some time, it seems the timing is incorrect. – Dave Knollman

A. According to the state, at least, your reading of the signal isn’t correct, Dave.

Mayo, with the state, said the amount of green signal time for Lima Road is about three times as long as the time provided to Northbrook. When there is no traffic on Northbrook, the signal will remain green for Lima.

If you don’t think it is working, the city and state plan to re-examine the entire corridor of Lima Road next week. Beginning Monday, the two governments hope to better time all the signals along Lima from Washington Center to Dupont roads.

As part of this effort, the left-turning patterns will be changing at several intersections. Normally left-turn arrows come before a green light for through traffic. But this will change at Lima’s intersections with Washington Center, Ludwig Road, Cook Road, Lima Valley Drive, Wallen Road, Rabus Drive/Cremer Avenue, Northbrook and Dupont Road.

At these areas, one or both of the left-turn arrows on Lima will follow the through green-light signal in the sequence. These “lagging” left turns, which can be found on Coliseum Boulevard, are intended to improve traffic flow in the area.

Drivers are asked to use caution in this area as they adjust to the new signals.

Radio Sage

This week’s audio question comes from Lisa England, who asked about the widening of Gump Road. The segment originally aired Friday afternoon on WOWO and can be heard online at

Road Sage provides transportation knowledge, solves driving dilemmas and answers construction conundrums. It appears every Saturday. Email your questions to