Fairfield roundabout back on track

Ewing/Fairfield Project

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- A major project in downtown Fort Wayne is a step closer to getting started.

City leaders said Wednesday that they have just received a second set of bids to build a roundabout in downtown.

The roundabout will replace the traffic light where Wells Street intersects with Superior Street, Ewing Street and Fairfield Avenue.

The project will also change Fairfield and Ewing from one-way to two-way streets.

“This project is going to be a very transformational project for downtown,” said Shan Gunawardena, city engineer. “It’s going to change downtown, particularly [what the area of] Superior Street and Wells Street is going to look like. We’ve had a lot of excitement about this project from the community and we are looking forward to its completion.”

City leaders said they will probably accept one of the bids – for about $2.8 million- next week, and then work to get the Fort Wayne City Council’s approval. If everything goes well, city leaders said the project should be done sometime in November.

A previous set of bids earlier this year came in too high for city leaders to consider.

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