"Fort To Port": Is It The Fastest Way From Fort Wayne To Toledo?

By Jeff Neumeyer

November 14, 2012 Updated Nov 14, 2012 at 8:26 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) --- Does the opening of the last leg of U.S. 24 in eastern Allen County cut significant time on the trip from Fort Wayne to Toledo Ohio?

We got out a timer to find out for ourselves.

The ten-mile stretch of road between Interstate 469 and the Indiana state line opened Tuesday.

So, we timed the trip from the Citizens Square Building in downtown Fort Wayne, up I-69 to the 80/90 Toll Road, heading eastbound to a spot southwest of Toledo.

Most of the trip took place at 70 mph on high speed interstate.

We did slow down two times to pick up toll road tickets and we had a stop to pay at a toll booth.

We logged 122 miles on the odometer, and it took one hour 54 minutes of travel time.

Coming back, we took the improved four-lane U.S. 24, to see which route was faster.

The return to downtown Fort Wayne registered 89 miles on the odometer.

More importantly, the travel time for the route was one hour 33 minutes, a savings of 21 minutes.

The Indiana Department of Transportation discussed some of the time benefits of the new roadway.

" The speed limit has been increased by 10 miles an hour, so again, if there are cars that are moving slow, you can pass and in a more safer manner. The fact that it's limited access, which means there aren't driveways, that means you can keep going. You don't have to worry about somebody backing out of their driveway, and those are things that will save in time," said Toni Mayor with INDOT.

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