Another traffic signal will soon be installed in northwest Fort Wayne.
Q. I was told they would be installing a traffic light at the intersection of Hathaway and Lima roads. This is such a dangerous intersection, with a lot of accidents. Will they be doing it soon? – Elizabeth Wilson
A. It will indeed, Elizabeth, and commuters should be ready for another signal on Lima.
You werent the only one to express concerns about this Huntertown intersection, as several other people sent notes asking when the work would be done. About 20,000 vehicles travel on this section of Lima each day, so Im sure it must be difficult to turn out of Hathaway during rush hour.
The good news is the state recently awarded the contract for the work to Shambaugh & Son for nearly $114,000, about $12,000 less than estimated. According to the state, the signal should be installed by July.
Hopefully that will make the area safer for everyone.
Q. I am opposed to the roundabouts (on Union Chapel Road) because they do not work, cause accidents and most residents will go out of their way before they will use them. I know residents who will drive five miles out of the way every time just to avoid a roundabout (in Michigan). – Linda Binek, of Fort Wayne
A. I hear your concerns, Linda, but the state does not share them.
According to the state, roundabouts provide numerous advantages like permitting free-flowing traffic without obstruction. The state believes they cause fewer delays and will improve access from the interstate to Union Chapel.
I know roundabouts can cause some concern when they are first installed, mostly because drivers in our area are not used to using them. Over time, however, they become routine and I find them very convenient to get through an intersection, if well designed. They are appropriate in some places and not in others. I guess well have to wait and see whether they work up north.
Construction on the Clinton Street bridge over Spy Run Creek seems like it just started, but progress has been made.
The state announced this week that 20 percent of the project is complete with the removal of the bridge and the pavement from State Boulevard to Elizabeth Street. Work has begun on the new bridges foundation.
The progress allowed Fourth Street east of Clinton to be opened Friday, completing the opening of the street in both directions. The signal at Clinton and Fourth had been flashing but was returned to its normal cycle Friday with a pedestrian crosswalk.
This weeks audio question comes from Brian, who asks about the pavement conditions on Interstate 469. The segment originally aired Friday afternoon on WOWO and can be heard online at www.journalgazette.net/roadsage.