FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- The Indiana Department of Transportation hosted its first public hearing about the U.S. 30 Corridor Project on Thursday.
Some attendants were excited about the potential of the intersection changes, while others say it would make their job more difficult.
Fort Wayne resident Christopher Alexander travels U.S. Highway 30 often.
Alexander owns property off the road in Kosciusko County.
He’s excited about the possible changes to the intersections between Kroemer and Felger roads.
“Well I think it’s a good thing for the area, for the community to help support growth and bring in new business, new opportunity,” Alexander said. “As traffic increases along the corridor, I think the safety improvements are a good thing.”
He sees a few backups when he drives.
“Around the stoplights, in general, is where most of the congestion is,” Alexander said. “But aside from that, it moves pretty good.”
Indiana Department of Transportation Northeast spokesperson Hunter Petroviak agrees.
“Traffic levels are fine right now, but it’s predicted over time that it’s going to significantly increase,” he said.
INDOT says about 27,500 cars travel this section of US-30 every day.
By 2043, they say that could grow to 40,000 per day.
“You could see increased crashes … longer drive times,” Petroviak said. “So we really need to make some changes out here to improve people’s drive through here.”
Not everyone is excited about the changes.
Some farmers who attended the meeting own land along the route.
They said these updates would make moving farm equipment across US-30 more difficult.
Petroviak said that’s why these meetings are important.
“At the end of the day, we’re a taxpayer-funded entity. We want to know what people feel about the project, what they’d like to see,” he said.
If you couldn’t make it to the meeting tonight, a recording is available online here.
INDOT is accepting public comments until July 1 at the same link above.