Proposal To Widen Maplecrest Offered (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

January 14, 2014 Updated Jan 14, 2014 at 7:28 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Do you ever get caught in the bottleneck of Maplecrest Road?

A plan is being set in motion to correct that, but there will be the obligatory headaches along the way.

More than 10,000 vehicles use the stretch of Maplecrest between State Boulevard and Lake Avenue every day.

A proposal is being introduced at city council Tuesday night to spend about a half-million dollars for inspection services, which would set things into motion to widen Maplecrest from two lanes to four.

The entire project is expected to cost about $4 million and could be complete sometime next year.

City Councilman Tom Smith lives in the neighborhood, and says while some residents will lose part of the yards to the widening process, everyone affected has already agreed to the deal.

He also says this will further open the Maplecrest extension south of Lake to more development.

“That's where development is going to take place. Maplecrest itself is pretty well developed. But that whole section to the south, that's wide open. And this is going to, I think, lead to a lot of economic development in that area,” Smith says.

City council is scheduled to discuss the project next week, and could vote on it the week after that.

If it's approved, look for construction to begin this spring, with finished next year.

Councilman Smith says eventually all of Maplecrest will be widened to four lanes within next five or six years.

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