Lane Restrictions in Downtown Fort Wayne

By Megan Trent

October 3, 2011 Updated Oct 3, 2011 at 6:22 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Two projects in downtown Fort Wayne have resulted in lane restrictions that could create delays for motorists.

Monday and Tuesday, southbound U.S. 27/Clinton Street is being restricted to one lane as crews move twelve, 92 ft. long beams into place on the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge.

The changes are in affect between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., between East Superior Street and East Jacobs Avenue.

The 33 total beams weigh more than 150 tons, and will complete the Center Span and North Span of the bridge. The South Span has already been completed.

INDOT Communications Director, Toni Mayo, says while the speed limit in the area is 35mph, motorists are encouraged to proceed with caution.

"We want everybody to go home in one piece," says Mayo. "So, we're asking everybody to slow down and to really concentrate on the car in front of you."

The same stretch of roadway will be closed completely for two weeks in late December or early January as arched, steel trusses are put into place.

Mayo says the closure's timespan is dependent upon the weather, but is necessary for the public's safety due to the enormity of the trusses.

Completion of the MLK Jr. Bridge will be marked by the placement of the trusses, creating a new gateway into downtown Fort Wayne.


Motorists along Brackenridge St. will also notice some changes, as the roadway becomes one way eastbound for the next five months (weather permitting).

The changes between Webster St. and Harrison St. began Monday, as contractors complete restoration to the Ross Adair Federal Building Plaza.

Sidewalks on Brackenridge St. between Webster St. and Harrison St. and sidewalks on Harrison St. between Brackenridge St. and Douglas Ave. will also be closed during renovations.

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