Maplecrest Extension Project Rolling Right Along

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 23, 2010 Updated Nov 23, 2010 at 6:11 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- A major road and bridge construction project, linking Fort Wayne and New Haven, is showing big signs of progress.

Because there have been no weather delays, the much anticipated Maplecrest Road extension is advancing by the day.

Contractors have hauled in 25,000 truckloads of dirt, 95 percent of what's needed to build four bridges and one and a half miles of roadway that will provide clear sailing from the Georgetown area to New Haven.

A section of pavement has been laid down not far from the "Do It Best" headquarters, situated next to the roadwork.

Further north, the bridge spanning the Maumee River is taking shape.

The project has a $29-million price tag.

$17-million have already been spent.

But much work remains unfinished.

Kyle Winling/Project Manager: " Primco, the local contractor, is going to be starting on the next bridge which goes over about six sets of railroad track for Norfolk and Southern. The bridge after that will probably get built in the spring. I'd say as of right now they're going really good with their schedule."

The bridgework on the north section of the project is impacting the River Greenway Trails.

County officials closed a section of the Greenway on the north side of the Maumee River, but it should re-open this coming June.

The Maplecrest extension is supposed to be completed by November 2012.




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