FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — For residents in Northeast Fort Wayne, the sound of construction means one thing: traffic.
Cindy Spice says the work the city is doing on the corner of Maplecrest and Stellhorn has created dangerous conditions for drivers.
“I’ve been in traffic sitting and watching people apparently try to turn down the wrong direction because the cones are where they’re at. There’s not a lot of signage going on so a lot of times, coming from one direction, people don’t even know it’s there,” Spice said.
To avoid the commotion on Maplecrest, some have found it easier to take alternate routes, which is what Celeste Mondragon chooses to do.
“Instead I take a left. I kinda had to pass through Purdue Fort Wayne and Ivy Tech area just to get - almost like I’m driving to the Coliseum almost. That’s like an alternative approach,” Mondragon said.
For those who do take Maplecrest, Spice suggests the city send a traffic officer to control the intersection to prevent wrecks.
“Put the markings way before they’re gonna get to it so they know it’s coming. So at least if they miss the first marker or the second marker, maybe they’re actually seeing the next one,” Spice said.
When we asked about adding more safety procedures, Public Works Director Shan Gunawardena said safety is a major concern and he encourages drivers to be more attentive while driving through the intersection.
“We see a lot of distracted drivers on the roadway. In the urban areas, the advantage is that traffic is a lot slower. There’s a lot more activity around so the drivers need to pay more attention,” Gunawardena said.
There is only one available lane now but Gunawardena says when they are done the intersection will be expanded to four lanes.
“If It’s just for the sake of updating the concrete on the roads or avoiding potholes, there’s a lot of potholes this time of year, definitely, so if that’s the case, I approve on that,” Mondragon said.
Gunawardena hopes everyone will approve when they’re finished, which they expect will be the end of the year.
“Anytime you do a major project like that we try to make sure that not only does it address traffic needs, it also adds value to all the properties, adds quality of life so that when we leave the project, people won’t complain about anything,” Gunawardena said.
Until the projects are finished, locals will have to buffer their commute times with construction in mind.
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