Community Reacts to New 3.5 Million Dollar INDOT Project

Community Reacts to New 3.5 Million Dollar INDOT Project

INDOT moves forth with plans to construct a diverging diamond interchange, the first in Indiana.

The diverging diamond interchange is something completely new to the Fort Wayne area and the Hoosier state altogether. Dupont and I-69 is home to several businesses and two hospitals. The traffic comes naturally.

"There's a lot of traffic during the rush hour when everyone is getting off work," said Aubrie Lamb who lives and works less than a mile from the busy interchange.

"Especially the hospital i notice like you have to add ten extra minutes to your day," she said.

To help with congestion, INDOT will construct a 3.5 million dollar project to make a diverging diamond interchange, or a DDI.

"It's not going to be complicated during construction but it will be congested," said Toni Mayo with INDOT.

The DDI operates by directing motorists to the left.

"It is going to guide motorists with signals on both ends, pavement markings and signs," said Mayo.

There will be plenty of guidance through the interchange. Mayo says if you still dont get it, there is no need to worry.

"You're through it before you even know you were in a diverting diamond," she said.

The interchange is also pedestrian friendly and includes guarded walkways and cross walks.

INDOT hopes to start construction in mid April and continue through November. Be ready to plan accordingly if you have to get started earlier in the day or plan for alternative routes because just one lane will be open during the construction season.

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