Jamie Frederick, 56, died after being hit by two vehicles while walking east trying to cross Coliseum just south of Lake Avenue. Witnesses said he tried to get up after being hit the first time, but he died after being struck by a second car going south on Coliseum.
Toni Mayo, Indiana Department of Transportation spokesperson, said INDOT works with all cities and towns in northeast Indiana to put in sidewalks along state roads. She said this can’t be a stand-alone project; it must be accompanied with another project, such as expanding a road.
“Whenever there’s a reconstruction, most generally sidewalks are a part of that project,” said Mayo.
She said three major state roads in Fort Wayne and Allen County have been worked on and had sidewalks put in. Those areas are State Road 14, Lima Road and State Road 1. Coliseum Blvd. did get some work done, but she said it was only resurfaced, which isn’t a big enough project to put in sidewalks. She explains there’s another process that goes into putting in sidewalks in these types of areas.
“Purchase of right of ways, utilities, rather they’re above ground or below ground, the actual plan, construction,” she said. “There’s just a lot things that are involved for a sidewalk is ever constructed.”
INDOT officials are in discussions with the city of Fort Wayne about putting in sidewalks along Coliseum Blvd. between Parnell Avenue and Lima Road. There’s no timeline when that project would start and be done.
Mary Tyndall, City of Fort Wayne Community Development spokesperson, said there will be six new sidewalk projects this year. One would be extending sidewalks along Lake Avenue from Randallia Drive to Coliseum Blvd.