FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – At a ribbon cutting ceremony today, Mayor Tom Henry was joined by other city officials and residents from the East Central neighborhood to celebrate the straightening of Maumee Avenue. The reconstruction was part of a $1,156,432 project that removed a sharp curve that had been the sight of more than 50 accidents since 2005.
In the past 11 years, 54 accidents have occurred near the curve and 76% of those accidents involved a single vehicle. The project straightened Maumee Avenue between Harmar Street and University Street. Landscaping with trees and a reduction of lane width from 12 to 11 feet were designed to encourage slower speeds.
“I am pleased that we could make revisions that improve safety for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, while at the same time making additions to strengthen the East Central neighborhood, Mayor Henry said in a press release.
Indiana Tech purchased and donated the property on the south side of the current road to make this improvement possible. East Central residents and the Parks Department collaborated on the relocation of the East Central neighborhood marker, incorporating it into John Nuckols Memorial Park, that will now sit totally on the north side of Maumee Avenue, where it was split by the road before. The park is the same size but is no longer separated by the three-lane roadway.
“The improvements to Maumee Avenue have made for a much safer, and more attractive, gateway to our campus and our neighborhood,” Indiana Tech president Dr. Arthur Snyder said in a press release.
Other enhancements for the neighborhood project include brighter lighting on lower posts, new sidewalks, curbs and ADA ramps, and new storm inlets and stormwater pipes.
Brooks Construction was the contractor for the improvement.