Citilink Riders Forced To Detour Because Bridge Can't Hold The Weight (VIDEO)

By Emma Koch

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- You could be one of thousands of people who will soon have to detour around a busy Fort Wayne bridge.

Every day, more than 15,000 vehicles cross the bridge on South Anthony at the Maumee River just east of downtown, and the maximum weight allowed is 12 tons.

Because Citilink buses can weigh up to 20 tons, they've re-routed around the span since last August, once administrators realized it was necessary. People who rely on the bus service say they can't make it to the stops on the detour, and are anxious to get the route fully restored.

"We apologized to the county and they were very gracious and assured us that probably we did not do any permanent damage,” Betsy Kachmar, Citilink Assistant General Manager said. “It was just for a little while."

"I can't walk there. If I want to go to the grocery store, I can't get there,” Evelyn Golliday, a bus rider said. “So I have to wait on someone to come and take me, or call one of the agencies that sends the buses out, call one of them. And sometimes I don't have that $2 to pay going and $2 to come back. So it's really inconvenient."

The county highway department is gathering bids for the more than $2 million project right now. After replacing the deck and supports, the bridge should re-open to traffic next May.

So everyone will have to detour around it until then.

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