Groundbreaking kicks off downtown roundabout construction

A rendering of the completed roundabout.
A rendering of the completed roundabout.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Mayor Tom Henry joined several neighborhood and area business leaders to break ground for the new roundabout that will connect Fairfield, Ewing, Wells and Superior in downtown Fort Wayne.

Many who drive in downtown Fort Wayne may have to adjust their driving habits during construction.

Ewing Street, which has previously been a one-way street, will be changed to allow traffic to travel two-ways by Wednesday afternoon. Fairfield Street will then be closed between Superior Street and Main Street while the west side of the roundabout is built. There will also be a three-way stop sign at Ewing, Wells and Superior streets during construction.

Fairfield Street will be converted to a two-way street when construction moves to the east side of the roundabout.

August Closure and Roundabout Rendering.
August Closure and Roundabout Rendering. Courtesy the City of Fort Wayne.

“It is building a better system and it’s going to help us with quality of life down the road so we hope people understand that. It’s very similar to when we make repairs to our house or we remodel a room, we’re inconvenienced for a while but the payoff is worth it,” said Frank Suarez, the spokesman for the Department of Public Works.

Work on the roundabout should be done by the end of 2014.

 

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