Once again, a column reader will improve traffic flow for everyone – this time downtown.
Q. A left turn signal was added to westbound Main Street at Clinton. Because of that delayed (green light), (when Im driving east) I no longer catch the turn signal at Lafayette. A solution would be to change the arrow so it follows the open green light. – Karen Albright
A. Thanks for bringing this to everyones attention, Karen.
During my daily commute, Ive noticed this change repeatedly, but until you mentioned it, I hadnt considered such a simple solution.
The city seems to agree. Shan Gunawardena, city traffic engineer, said the city and state reviewed the two signals on Main Street – at Clinton and Lafayette. He agreed that placing the green arrow at Main and Clinton after the regular green light for Main Street traffic will improve traffic flow.
The changes will be made by the city within the next few weeks. This means regular downtown drivers should be ready for a slight change in traffic flow on Main Street.
For me, it will likely mean I will be forced to stop at Lafayette instead of hitting the green, but that seems a fair compromise for people needing to catch that green arrow.
Anthony Boulevard will be closed next week at the Maumee River bridge just north of Berry Street. The closure will begin Monday and last for two weeks, weather permitting, to allow a contractor to make temporary bridge repairs. The work is needed so traffic can use the bridge until permanent repairs can be scheduled this year.
This month, the Allen County Highway Department instituted a 12-ton load limit on the bridge after an inspection. A detour will be created using Berry Street, Coombs/Tecumseh streets and Columbia/Lake avenues for northbound traffic. Southbound traffic will use Lake Avenue, Tecumseh/Coombs and Wayne Street.
The renumbering of mile markers along Interstate 69 will occur a few days earlier than originally thought. The state had planned to start the work Aug. 6. But I guess state officials figured, why wait? State maintenance crews will now begin installing the new mile markers and exit signs Wednesday. It is expected to take the crews two months to complete the work.
For those who missed the announcement, mile markers and exit signs will jump by 200 to accommodate the expansion of the interstate south of Indianapolis.
The state will restrict lanes along Interstate 69 in both directions overnight between U.S. 6 and Indiana 4 beginning Monday to allow crews to paint the DeKalb County Road 10 bridge over the interstate. The work will require intermittent lane restrictions between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. and is expected to last until mid-August.
The state restricted northbound driving lanes on Interstate 469 between U.S. 27 and Marion Center Road for road repairs. It will last until mid-August and then will be continued north of Marion Center Road.
Airport Expressway was reduced to one lane for northbound traffic between Lower Huntington Road and Winchester Road to repair pavement that buckled because of excessive heat. Repairs are expected to be completed next week.
North Clinton Street was reduced to one lane in each direction south of Auburn Road to repair pavement that buckled because of excessive heat. The work is likely to be done next week.
This weeks audio question comes from Jeffery A. Bierwagen, who asked about construction on Bass Road. The segment originally aired Friday afternoon on WOWO and can be heard online at www.journalgazette.net/roadsage.