Lima Road Construction Changes

By Mary Collins
By Max Resnik

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 6:27 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Today, the Indiana Department of Transportation moved traffic to the northbound lanes on Lima Rd. signaling the next phase in the project.

According to INDOT, the stretch of Lima Rd. between Washing Center and Wallen Roads is halfway complete. The total project is about 75 percent done and should completed by Thanksgiving according to an INDOT spokesperson.

How are businesses faring in the area?

Laynie Nisley, Assistant Manager of House of Greens on Lima Rd., says customers are avoiding the area altogether.

“We've seen a decent drop in sales lately. We had a lot of customers saying that it's just too much of a hassle to come on their lunch break and try and get through all the traffic.”

Jeff Koch, Owner and Manager of Sleep Source on Lima Rd., agrees saying that while business has not taken a huge hit, it is becoming increasing difficult for his customers to get in and out of the shopping center where his business is located.

“It's tough for people to get in and out of here. It's been rough. They kind of indicated it should have been done by July, and they're only half done at this point.”

Matthew Cavacini, CEO of Inquest Health System, is in the same stretch of businesses as Koch. He says the slowed traffic has actually helped his business because future patients are forced to look at his storefront while they wait in traffic.

”People are noticing the business. They are having to go a little slower than normal. We're a new business here in Fort Wayne, so it's given the patients an opportunity to see that we're here.”

Some side-streets, including Cook Road, will be restricted for a few weeks. Detour signs will be posted.

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