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Fort Wayne celebrating successful infrastructure projects with an eye towards 2018

Mayor Tom Henry say the infrastructure projects around the city have been successful so far, but they plan to keep improvements coming into 2018

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 5:04 PM
Updated: Dec 13, 2017 10:58 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) - A record amount has been spent on improving Fort Wayne's infrastructure in 2017 and neighborhoods all over the city are going to see another record investment in 2018. 

Nearly $25 million have been spent in 2017 to improve roads, curbs, and sidewalks on both main roads and in neighborhoods, something Mayor Tom Henry says has been a team effort.

"To go from 8 to roughly 10 million dollars a year in infrastructure improvements to 25 million and to be able to do that for the last 4 years, I'm extremely proud of my staff and citizens of Fort Wayne for coming together and making this possible," said Mayor Henry. 

Lee Prescott can remember a time when his neighborhood in northeast Fort Wayne was in bad shape.

"The sidewalks, the crosswalks weren't done well enough," said Prescott. "They weren't as obvious and things tended to be old. Curbs, again, lighting was older. Streets, you know, had potholes and things like that."

Prescott and others are happy with the work that's been done to help improve the safety of area neighborhoods, but Mayor Henry says the work isn't done yet as many neighborhoods like Deerfield Estates and North Franke Park will see a portion of the $30 million to be invested in 2018 go towards improving safety.

"There's no question that we need to continue to work on the streets and the roads in the neighborhoods, as well as the sidewalks and curbs. Those seem to be the areas of most importance to the citizens and that's what we're going to do," said Henry when asked about what is in the works. 

As we hear about improvement projects, we will keep you up to date.

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