FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Work on the roundabout portion of the Goshen Avenue improvement project begins this week.
To prepare for the construction, Sherman Boulevard will close at the intersection of Goshen Avenue beginning Thursday, weather permitting.
Goshen Ave Improvements Project via City of Fort Wayne
The detour route will use St. Marys Avenue at West State Boulevard, crossing Goshen and to Russell Avenue, and will connect to Sherman on the north side of Goshen.
Goshen will remain open during construction, and a temporary traffic light and crosswalk will be in place at St. Marys, Russell and Goshen.
The road closure is expected to last through mid-fall, weather permitting.
The project stretching from State to Cambridge Avenue will improve traffic flow at the five-legged intersection of Goshen, Sherman Boulevard and Lillian Avenue.
From Sherman to Cambridge, the addition of a roundabout will serve nearly 50 businesses along the corridor.
The improvement will also add sidewalks, curbs and ADA ramps on both sides of the street, connecting pedestrians to neighborhoods and businesses.
Work that's been completed so far includes sidewalk improvements of Goshen, from State to Sherman, and new curb and gutter, water main and sewer pipe installation west of Sherman.
Goshen Avenue has a long history that's seen many changes over the years.
According to city officials, in 1913, Goshen Avenue was known as the Lincoln Highway and was outside of the City limits.
In the mid-1920s, it became U.S. 33 until that route moved over to follow the Coliseum Boulevard bypass.
Today, it's an urban street with city neighborhoods, nearby schools, churches and a business corridor.
More than 18,500 vehicles enter the five-legged intersection each day.