City Council to Vote on Widening Project of State Blvd.

By Scott Sarvay

November 26, 2012 Updated Nov 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - A dispute is developing over a resolution that may be voted on Tuesday night by Fort Wayne City Council.

Mayor Tom Henry's administration fears a "yes" vote could jeopardize federal funding on a host of city road projects including a plan by city engineers to re-work a section of west State Blvd. essentially between Wells and Spy Run Avenue, widening the road and straightening out a sharp curve.

There's been some push back against the plan by some neighbors that want the widening to be only three lanes and not five. They also want more attention devoted to protecting the surrounding environment.

Three city council members have now backed a resolution that calls for revisions to a long range transportation plan for the community.

The resolution sets out that modifications be made to the State Boulevard Project, or others under consideration to conform to the new goals, and that failure to do so, could cut off approvals of contracts for work.

Michelle Briggs Wedaman supports the resolution and is the Brookview Neighborhood President had the following to say, “This resolution to us is really not about this project in particular, but it appears to us, a nice umbrella response from city council looking at the big picture."

John Perlich, with Mayor Henry's administration, says passage of the resolution could have bad unintended consequences, because the Indiana Department of Transportation controls the guidelines on federal aid projects.

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