Maplecrest Road Extension Opens to Traffic (With Photos)

By Max Resnik
By Scott Sarvay

October 30, 2012 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The Maplecrest Road extension project, which connects Fort Wayne to New Haven, opened to road traffic a few hours early Tuesday morning.

The road was set to open around 2 p.m. but because the finishing touches of traffic lights were completed a head of schedule, the road opened around 11 a.m.

Emergency personnel and businesses in the area are expected to see some of the biggest benefits from the construction, which adds four bridges to the area bypassing two sets of railroad tracks and the Maumee River.

Do it Best Corp., which is headquartered in Fort Wayne and employs 425 people, is one of the businesses most looking forward to the change. Do it Best Corp.'s communications director Randy Rusk says employees, for years, have timed their entrances to work and their exits from work around train schedules. He says trains running through the area have also affected some of the shipping they perform out of the facility. He says he and his coworkers are excited about the changes to come.

"We're here between a river and between the railroad tracks and you would imagine, over the last many years, that this has created a number of problems for our staff to be able to get into work day-in and day-out, especially fighting the trains."

The $30 million project uses Maplecrest Road to connect Fort Wayne to New Haven between Lake Avenue in Fort Wayne and SR 930 in New Haven. It is a project that was first considered in the 1960s and was initially considered as part of the Interstate 469 loop, according to Winling. From start to finish, the project will have taken three years to complete

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