Road & Bridge Work Cutting Profits To City Tavern

By Jeff Neumeyer

May 25, 2012 Updated May 25, 2012 at 5:52 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A tavern in Northwest Fort Wayne is trying to weather a bridge closing and road project that have nearly cut off traffic and customers to the business.

It represents the painful price of progress.

The Deer Park Pub will eventually benefit from the construction work, but it is hurting in the short-term, and the discomfort is being drawn out by construction delays.

It was April of last year, when Primco Inc. won a bid to replace the Spring Street Bridge and widen the roadway nearby to better serve motorists and the University of Saint Francis campus.

But with the work ramping up, access to the Deer Park Pub has now been blocked from three directions.

Sarah Hubley/Deer Park Irish Pub: " For two weeks, since the 16th, it started, and business has been crazy slow, since. It's really hard to get to us, but if you take the little adventure around, you can definitely get to us and have a really good beer."

The only real route to the pub is Main Street to Leesburg Road, then a right hand turn onto Lansing, which feeds an alley to the tavern’s south parking lot.

The target date for completion of the whole project is now September 28th, still four months away.

Originally, it was supposed to be mid-August, but an extension was granted.

Some of the utility work on overhead electric lines was delayed.

American Electric Power crews were pulled out of town for long periods of time to restore electricity in cities that were hit hard by bad storms.

100 days were lost on this project.

After some negotiation, Primco was given 40 more days to get the Spring Street project finished.

Patience is required, unpleasant as it may be for Deer Park Pub and others who drive in that part of the city.

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