Major Traffic Changes Scheduled for Downtown

Major Traffic Changes Scheduled for Downtown

If you are driving around downtown Fort Wayne this week, be careful.... As of Wednesday, Ewing Street will no longer be a one way street. Also, construction begins on a new roundabout. WFFT's Brooke Welch has more on the city's roadway changes and how business and home owners believe the changes will bring more people and businesses to downtown.
"Roundabouts are not appropriate at every intersection. But in certain cases like this, when you have three and four streets coming together, it certainly is appropriate." - FW Mayor Tom Henry
By the end of October the intersection at Fairfield, Ewing, Wells, and Superior will look completely different.

The change? The city's first downtown roundabout. Mayor Tom Henry explains.  "Roundabouts are not appropriate at every intersection. But in certain cases like this, when you have three and four streets coming together, it certainly is appropriate."

Mayor Henry also explains why they are changing Fairfield and Ewing into two way streets.  "And they really don't serve a purpose being one way. in fact, it really detracts from downtown. Because if you have a store on one of those streets, only the people going north and going south, see your storefront."

President of the West Central Neighborhood Association Susan Smethers is excited about the roundabout and doesn't think the construction period will be an issue.  "I think the plan that the city's laid out, that they are going to allow the flow of traffic at all times. Is going to be very beneficial to the neighborhood and the businesses."

The project will be completed in stages. Ewing will become a two way street and these diagrams show the sections of Fairfield and Superior that will be closed. The finished project will look similar to these photos.

Business on Broadway Representative Nancy Schoenle thinks the roundabout will be good for downtown and the businesses. "Downtown is what everybody in Fort Wayne has in common. We all live in Fort Wayne, but it may be all over Allen County. That we live in Fort Wayne, but it is our nucleus, so it's critical."

The roundabout will be complete in October. and other changes such as street scapes, bike lanes and sidewalks will be finished in 2015.

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