Concrete pour at Catalpa, Jefferson will shut down lanes

Catalpa Street and Jefferson Boulevard pothole fix
Catalpa Street and Jefferson Boulevard pothole fix

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – City crews continue to work on the streets, many of which have numerous potholes after the recent meltdown.  meltdown.

Crews are still working on repairing the road near the viaduct on Catalpa Street and Jefferson Boulevard after starting emergency repairs over the weekend. To accommodate a large concrete pour at at that location, Jefferson will be down to one westbound lane around 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Cold temperatures are slowing the repair process near the viaduct, according to the news release from city spokesperson Frank Suárez. 

A temporary detour for eastbound traffic will use Freeman Street to Taylor Street to Broadway and back to Jefferson.

The contractor should be able to open one lane in each direction at some point, but construction at the area is now expected to continue for a week.

Jefferson Catalpa Temporary Detour
A map of the temporary detour courtesy of the City of Fort Wayne.

Fort Wayne Public Works spokesperson Frank Suarez said crews were out on Thursday but the melting rain and snow that flowed through the streets made it difficult to repair some of the potholes.

Jamie Shifflett, a concrete worker who was sub contracted by the city, said his crews are working to permanently fix that viaduct area instead of just patching it. He said water gets under the patched up pothole and freezes, causing another pothole.

Shifflett said crews are tearing that area apart and putting all new concrete in.

“Everywhere you go, you see potholes,” Shifflett said.

Both Suarez and Shifflett say drivers should be alert and cautious while driving around Fort Wayne because of the hundreds of potholes in the area.

To report a pothole, you should call 311. If it’s afterhours, listen to the prompts to leave a message. When reporting a pothole, it is important to be specific with a street address or other identifying location information.

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