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Fort Wayne Roundabout Could Bring Delays for Motorists

Major construction is coming to downtown Fort Wayne this summer. A roundabout will be built, connecting Wells, Fairfield, Ewing and Superior Streets.
 Major construction is coming to downtown Fort Wayne this summer.  A roundabout will be built, connecting Wells, Fairfield, Ewing and Superior Streets.

The legacy funded project is expected to create some serious traffic concerns.

Frank Suarez, City of Fort Wayne,  explains that with a growing downtown comes changes. One of the most drastic changes is coming this summer in the form of a roundabout

“This will allow better traffic flow.  There will be turn lanes. There will be better sidewalks and better bike lanes,” said Suarez. 

Residents who live near the proposed roundabout were invited to take a look at renderings of what their neighborhood will soon look like.

“What brought me out here was a concern about how pedestrians are going to get across that roundabout and I'm pretty satisfied with that,” said Joe Francis, a resident who lives near the roundabout.

The roughly $4 million legacy funded project  will  convert Fairfield Street and Ewing Street from one-ways to two way traffic.

While the design of the road is changing above ground, beneath the surface, the city utilities department will also be replacing old water pipes.  Suarez says motorists should expect delays. 

“We knew that it was going to create some distortion, so there will be some problems certainly this summer for motorists to get around,”said Suarez. 

For Joe Erik McNeal, delays on the road could mean a hit to his landscaping business

“We are probably going to have to take a different route because we use this route to go back southwest and back out north so this is going to affect us this summer a lot,” said McNeal. 

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