Fort Wayne breaks ground on Ardmore Avenue Gateway Project

Fort Wayne International Airport completed construction on its new terminal entrance road back in January, and now the city is adding a cherry on top to bring in more visitors. The Mayor and city leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Ardmore Avenue Gateway Project.

Posted: Mar. 27, 2019 6:41 PM
Updated: Mar. 28, 2019 6:20 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Brenda Scherer doesn't travel a lot but when she does, she flies out of Fort Wayne International Airport.

"Anytime you can enhance the airport to attract more travelers, it's a good idea," Scherer said.

That's what the city is trying to do with the Ardmore Avenue Gateway Project. It includes a new center turning lane, new street lighting, Trees, and an asphalt trail along Ardmore. There will also be A.D.A compliant curb ramps at the intersection of Second Street, Vanguard Drive, and Airport Expressway.

In order to address numerous drainage issues, storm sewers will be installed with curb and gutter inlets and yard inlets.

"I know that during construction, it can be painful. People tend to get a little impatient, but once it's done, it's well worth it," Scherer added.

The Mayor and the Redevelopment Commission introduced these changes as well as landscaping plus adding a new 25 foot lighted gateway marker on Ardmore and Airport Expressway.

"Unfortunately over the years, Ardmore Avenue has paid quite the price for a heavy amount of traffic that goes up and down Ardmore. It was time for us to really take a look at how attractive we could make it as you leave the airport and get to the airport," Mayor Tom Henry said.

The sign he said will add an extra flare. Construction is expected to begin in November.

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