Clinton St. Construction Alternative: 2-Way on Spy Run Ave.

By Maureen Mespell
By John W. Davis

August 25, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 10:58 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) -- "Downtown Fort Wayne will be open for business as usual," said Fort Wayne Traffic Engineer Shan Gunawardena.

Gunawardena and fellow Fort Wayne traffic engineers have an important task ahead of them.

Design a detour for the 23,000 vehicles of southbound traffic that uses Clinton Street to enter Downtown Fort Wayne every weekday.

The detour is needed because INDOT's Spy Run Creek Bridge Construction project will close Clinton Street between East State Boulevard and Elizabeth Street for several months in 2012.

Engineers hope long-time residents create their own alternate routes to enter downtown via Goshen Road, Wells Street, Parnell Avenue, Anthony Boulevard, Sherman Street and or Crescent Avenue.

However, Gunawardena knows everyone is not familiar with some of Fort Wayne less traveled roadways.

That's why city engineers proposed an official Fort Wayne detour Thursday night at Citizens Square.

City engineers proposed that traffic headed south into downtown on Clinton Street should make a left onto East State Boulevard.

Then drivers should make a right onto Spy Run Avenue, which is normally a one-way but plans call for it to be made into a temporary two-way street until Elizabeth Street.

Then drivers would turn right onto Elizabeth Street and then make a left onto Clinton Street and head south into downtown Fort Wayne.

About 40 people attended the community input meeting.

"I think it's very reasonable. It's not gonna solve every problem but I think it's the very best that can be done," said Spy Run Neighborhood Association Vice President John Meinzen.

Fort Wayne Resident Dale Bender lives on East State Boulevard.

Bender knows the increase in traffic will directly effect him.

"It's not so much scary. It's just a matter that I know it's gonna take more time to get anywhere that I wanna go," Bender concluded.

Meanwhile, INDOT officials said construction should begin April 2012.

Construction is scheduled to last until the end of the construction season, usually late November.

However, if the weather cooperates, the project could be completed a few weeks early.

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