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Lake Avenue ‘diet’ begins Thursday

Statement as issued Wednesday by the Fort Wayne Traffic Engineering Department:

Please be advised the Lake Avenue Road Diet project is scheduled to begin on Thursday, May 3, 2012 and continue for approximately 4 months, weather permitting.

The project, which runs from Anthony Blvd. to Stanley Avenue (just west of Coliseum Blvd.), will change the existing lane configuration in the area from 4-lanes to 3-lanes (one through lane in each direction and a center turn lane). This will remove the turning traffic from the through lanes and provide wider lanes for motorists to transgress the area.

The project will begin with various lane closures as the contractor, Hipskind Concrete Inc., replaces deteriorated concrete pavement.

Two-way traffic will be maintained at all times during this first phase of construction. Motorists can expect congestion and delays as they are shifted around the pavement replacement.

Along with the concrete pavement replacement the project will include storm sewer improvements, traffic signal upgrades to accommodate the new lane configuration and new pavement markings.

Contractor will be removing pavement markings in the center lanes first with traffic shifted to the two outside curb lanes. After that, concrete repairs will be performed on the north side with traffic shifted to the two south lanes. Next the concrete in the center lanes will be repaired with traffic shifted to the two outside lanes, and finally, the south side pavement will be repaired with traffic moved to the north side. There will be times when Lake Avenue will be closed while the intersections of Pemberton Drive and Randallia Drive are being reconstructed. These closures are expected to take place during weekends (Friday through Sunday). Additional press releases will be issued to announce these closures as they are scheduled.

For further information or for problems that may develop contact the Traffic Engineering Department at 427-1172.

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