Police increase neighborhood patrols near construction zones

The city of Fort Wayne closed the Broadway - Rudisill intersection Monday for 10 months.

Posted: Jul 12, 2019 8:16 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2019 9:58 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - People are already upset about people driving through their neighborhood while a major intersection is closed.

The city of Fort Wayne closed the Broadway - Rudisill intersection Monday for 10 months.

This is where crews are digging a drop shaft as part of the city's deep rock tunnel.

Drivers are cutting through the neighborhoods instead of following posted detours and neighbors are concerned.

"Keep the kids wrangled and keep them safe because people just aren't considerate of the rules of the road right now," said Nicole Voirol.

"The speeding seems to be often, but with all the children it is pretty unsafe," said Susan Wolff.

One of the biggest frustrations is people constantly going the wrong way on one way streets.

"Trying to get turned around in traffic jams in our street, getting yelled out. I've seen a couple road rage incidents going on," one homeowner told FOX 55.

That's why Fort Wayne Police have more officers patrolling the neighborhood.

Many people received tickets in the first week of construction.

"It's a challenge. People don't know where they are going. They will learn. It's a learning curve," said Fort Wayne Deputy Chief Steve Haffner.

The city reminds people it is the just the first week, and it will take drivers time to adjust and find their detours.

"The streets are public and people can use public streets," said Fort Wayne Public Works spokesman Frank Suarez.

In the meantime, neighbors are getting ready for a long ten months.

"I think it is going to get really busy really fast," said Voirol.

This closure has only been in place for a week so the city says it will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments in the neighborhoods as needed.

Nearly 400 million gallons of raw sewage is dumped into the St. Mary's River at this point every year.

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