How do you get to downtown Fort Wayne?
If you’ve tried to do it lately, you might be thinking it’s not possible. Road reconstruction, storm sewer separation projects and work on the new Ash Brokerage development have slowed traffic to a near-standstill at many locations.
Fairfield Avenue was shut down this past week between Jefferson Boulevard and Baker Street for installation of underground storm and water lines. It’s expected to be closed until the middle of next month. Meanwhile, the U.S. 27/Lima Road resurfacing project continues to confound motorists on the city’s north side, where southbound traffic backups at Clinton and Lima have, at times, stretched almost to Coliseum Boulevard. The project won’t be finished until this fall.
Other major projects include the bridge and road-widening work on Coliseum Boulevard and North Anthony Boulevard and storm sewer separation work on Jefferson Boulevard near Parkview Field.
The good news, of course, is that the traffic headaches this summer should give way to smoother travel in the months and years ahead. For the city alone,$73 million worth of road and sewer work is under way.
A travel headache? Definitely, but it beats the alternative of deteriorating and outdated roads and continued sewage overflows and backups.