FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A $24.4 million construction project will get underway on I-469 Monday between U.S. 27 and Winchester Road.
On Monday, INDOT will begin placing barrier walls between Bluffton Road and Tillman Road. The barriers will restrict travel to one lane in each direction. INDOT says motorists should expect to see heavy equipment during the process and delays are likely.
Construction will include crossovers in the medians later this year which will allow for preparation of the bridge deck rehabilitation work over Snyder Ditch, the Saint Mary’s River, and U.S. 27.
Once the crossovers are completed, traffic will be moved to the eastbound lanes along with closures of the Winchester Road westbound ramps. Shortly before summer, traffic will then be diverted to the westbound lanes and the eastbound ramps at Winchester Road will be closed.
INDOT says the speed limit in the construction zone will be reduced to 55 m.p.h.
The project will remove the concrete pavement from all travel lanes and shoulders. Asphalt will be used as a replacement as will the rehabilitation of three bridge decks.
I-469 was finished in 1995 and in 2004 local officials named the highway after former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
The entire project is expected to be completed by Fall 2016.