SR 14 construction causes confusion, frustration for drivers

ALLEN CO., Ind. (WANE) – Drivers along State Road 14 are having to deal with delayed construction and road closures due to a $12.5 million project to stabilize the road.

Vernon and Delores Deutsch have lived along State Road 14 for 20 years. They’re both happy something’s being done with the road.

“All of the work that they’ve done is nice when it’s finished and this will be nice down here. And we need actually,” said Vernon Deutsch.

There are some inconveniences drivers have to deal with. Drivers are driving down one lane each way, have to be rerouted due to road closures and figuring out the lanes with all the construction cones. The most frustrating part of the construction is it being at a standstill. Toni Mayo, INDOT spokesperson, said recent weather conditions and delays with certain paperwork are the reason for the standstill.

“Once all these approvals are given, we’re going to see activity going really fast,” she said.

Most drivers are concerned with the blockage of West Hamilton Road. Mayo said the state is looking at options to reopen that road before the completion of the project, but have to weigh certain criteria.

“What we have to do is we have to look at the cost to open the road, which taxpayers pay for, as opposed to the benefit that the contractor would gain,” Mayo said.

It’s expected to be done by October 31st.

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