Mayor Henry Announced Spending to Fix 450 Fort Wayne Locations


Published 03/07 2014 02:16PM

Updated 03/07 2014 02:29PM

We've had multiple stories on the number of potholes that have appeared as the snow has begun to melt and Mayor Tom Henry announced $20 million dollars that will be spent fixing over 450 location around Fort Wayne.

This is the largest neighborhood infrastructure enhancement that has ever been done by the City of Fort Wayne during one season.

WFFT's Brooke Welch was at the announcement and talked with residents in one neighborhood that say they've been wanting this done for years.

Residents of the Oxford Community were excited about the Mayor's announcement and the changes coming.  With deep cracks and water pooling in potholes, John Mizzell has lives on Oxford Street across from McMillan Park for almost 39 years, and says it has to be at least 50 years since the road's been paved.

"We have friends that come in from out of town, and the first thing they say is this road is real bad.  It's like riding a bronco horse when you come up through here, it's real wavy."

The condition of the road has actually caused damage to John's vehicle multiple times.

"These potholes here, they're costing me money in alignments for my vehicles.  Not counting the time that I hit a big pothole and it created a bent rim and a tire replacement."

The President of the Oxford Community Association, Mary Morris says a Regional Association Conference was held in Fort Wayne 2 years ago, and she was asked by visitors about improving Oxford Road.

"I stated it was coming and we were already working on it.  With the Mayor's project that he kicked off, I'm excited that it's going to get done and it's going to become a reality." 

Both longtime neighborhood residents, Mary and John feel that paving the street will be a step in the right direction for encouraging others to want to live there as well.

"Knowing that this main artery is in the condition that it is, it probably sways them from living here or not living here."

"In the future as we attract outside groups and conferences, we want to showcase Fort Wayne."

In this video is a map of other neighborhoods that can expect an upgrade this summer.

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