A New I-69 Exit In The Works?

By Ryan Elijah

June 18, 2010 Updated Jan 12, 2010 at 6:08 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - Could a new exit off I-69 be coming soon just north of Dupont Road? A letter went out to residents December 11th, indicating some survey work would be done in the Autumn Ridge area.

We spoke with Indiana Department of Transportation officials today and they told us they were surveying for a "possible project" near where Union Chapel Road and I-69 meet.

The rapid growth in the area has left it congested around the Dupont Road exit, and we're told exits are being considered at Union Chapel or Hursh road.

Residents of Autumn Ridge have seen survey crews near their homes.

Any exit being added at that location would not only impact a number of homes, and the soon to be private Autumn Ridge Golf Course.
"my heart sank, I got this sick feeling, I couldn't sleep that night. I thought, ok, we're going to lose our home. There's a highway right behind us, there are homes, everything is developed, we've got this nice golf course, you just don't expect that somebody will move onto your property, especially in this location", said Autumn Ridge resident Barb Johnson"

A spokesman for Parkview told Indiana's NewsCenter that Parkview is in favor of adding an additional interchange to the area near Dupont Road. Parkview said an additional exit would ease traffic congestion in the area and improve access to the hospital for patients and emergency vehicles. Parkview expects traffic to increase in the area as more services move to the area. The Parkview Regional Medical Center is scheduled to open in early 2012.

According to INDOT, the survey is being done to determine the cost of the project. If the plans move forward a public hearing would be required before construction would begin.

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