FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) plans on reconstructing the I-69 interchange at Dupont Road to improve traffic flow in the area. The interchange will be modified from a traditional diamond to what’s called a Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI).
The DDI modification will take DuPont Rd. traffic to the left side of the roadway as it crosses the bridge between the I-69 northbound and southbound ramps. Once on the left side of DuPont Rd., vehicles can turn left onto the interchange ramps without stopping and without conflicting with through traffic.
According to Toni Mayo, Communications Director of INDOT, a traffic signal, signs and pavement marking will guide drivers through the interchange.
“Those are the things that can take the fear factor out because it is different and it is the first diverging diamond in Indiana. So, we want it to be highly successful, as we know it will be,” said Mayo.
The project will cost $3.5 million, which will primarily be funded through tax payers’ dollars.
Weather permitting, the project is expected to begin in the spring and conclude in November.
INDOT will hold a public information meeting Monday evening from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Carroll High School auditorium, located at 3701 Carroll Road. Attendees are asked to use door #1 off of Carroll Road.
Displays will be available to view before the meeting. The meeting will consist of a presentation and question & answer session. After the meeting, the public will have time to interact with the design consultant, contractor, and INDOT personnel.
For more information about the project which is set to get underway this year, check out the INDOT web site. It includes videos of what the DDI looks like and how drivers maneuver on one.