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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) – Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry joined residents, businesses, organizations, church leaders and members of the City Council to celebrate the completion of the Dupont Road improvement project.
“This project has exceptional design features along with safer connections for walkers, bicyclists and motorists. Over the years, we’ve heard many stories of residents having to get in their cars to drive across the street because there wasn’t a safe place to cross. Now, you can walk under the road or use the new crosswalks,” Mayor Henry said. “Investing in this evolving corridor will have a positive impact on neighborhoods, residents and businesses.”
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“We thank you and appreciated your patience while we had the road closed for 3 months!” Frank Suarez, @CityofFortWayne, tells the residents and businesses at the ribbon-cutting for Dupont Road! pic.twitter.com/RJljJfLDOj— INDOT Northeast (@INDOTNortheast) September 4, 2019
The nearly two-mile project, included expanding the road from two to four lanes, adding turn lanes, to access neighborhoods and businesses.
The project added sidewalks and trails connecting residents and businesses, new ADA ramps and crosswalks, new traffic and pedestrian signals, decorative lighting and landscaping, stormwater management updates including larger pipes and new water mains to increase capacity.
“The Dupont Road corridor needed a complete overhaul. The area has experienced phenomenal growth in the past 30 years, with new housing additions, retail shops and businesses, and community attractions. During that time traffic on this road more than tripled, to 25,000 cars per day,” said Shan Gunawardena, City of Fort Wayne Public Works Director. “This project addresses safety and congestion and adds a unique trail underpass to the Pufferbelly Trail.”
The Pufferbelly Trail is one portion of the 80-mile State Visionary Trail connecting Ouabache State Park in Bluffton to Pokagon State Park in Angola.
The distinctive trail connection under Dupont connects users seamlessly to the Pufferbelly heading north and south, as well as the trail along Dupont that runs east and west down the corridor between Coldwater and Lima roads.
City officals say this stretch of Dupont Road serves 106 businesses between Lima and Coldwater.
The city says Dupont's daily vehicle count has grown from 7,500 in 1990 to more than 25,000 today.
The $12.1 million project consisted of:
• 42,240 feet of roadway constructed
• 36,871 square yards of sod
• 25,475 feet of curb and gutters
• 19,742 feet of pavement striping
• 7,597 feet of sidewalk
• 7,350 feet of trail
• 7,533 plants and bushes
• 84 decorative street lights
• 53 ADA ramps
• 47 trees
• 28 pedestrian push buttons
• 12 traffic signal poles
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