Aboite Center Road: Phase 1 Complete, Phase 2 Ready To Go

By Peter Ambrose
By Laura Donaldson

August 18, 2010 Updated Aug 18, 2010 at 5:36 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A major thoroughfare on Fort Wayne’s Southwest side is now open, but that doesn't mean construction is finished.

Aboite Center Road from Coventry Lane to Dicke Road is complete. The road was shut down last month for work to widen it to four-lanes and add additional stoplights.

Neighbors say the construction added additional time onto their commute.

“I work, you know, and I go to school and usually what take 10 minutes to get home is taking me about half an hour to get through here because I have to go through three other additions to get here,” Neighbor Amanda Reece said. “So I'm going to be really glad when they do open this up.”

But many neighbors say the increased safety was worth the wait.

“The people that are flying around blindly that used to take turns on a regular bases and not worry that there's children on this street and people that live on this street that just fly down here going at a very high rate,” Neighbor Eva Hurrle said. “So I think with the traffic and the turn lanes it's all going to be a good thing.”

While this phase of the project is complete crews are ready to begin working on the next phase. That project will shut down Aboite Center from Dicke Road to West Jefferson Boulevard. The $6.6 million project is expected to be complete mid-October.

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