You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Local

  • Wartell's attorneys question Purdue's request to seal report
    In the five months since the now-infamous "Trimble Report" was declared part of discovery in the former IPFW chancellor's lawsuit against Purdue, university attorneys never asked for a protective order to keep it from the public.
  • Eagle Marsh project gets 1 bid
    The Indiana Department of Natural Resources received a single bid Wednesday for a construction project aimed at preventing Asian carp from migrating through Fort Wayne and reaching the Great Lakes.Fleming Excavating Inc.
  • Former Saint Francis College president dies
    The former president of Saint Francis College, now the University of Saint Francis, died Tuesday, according to a statement from the University of Saint Francis.
Advertisement
Open Houses
Fort Wayne officials plan three open houses for the public to view and give advice on plans to straighten and widen State Boulevard between Wells Street and the St. Joseph River:
•5-7 p.m. Feb. 25, Franke Pond Pavilion, Franke Park
•11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 1, Meeting Room A, Allen County Public Library downtown
•5-7 p.m. March 7, Psi Ote Barn, lower level, Bob Arnold Northside Park
For more information on the project and additional renderings, go to www.cityoffortwayne.org/state.
Courtesy
This artist’s rendering shows a widened State Boulevard in the area of Eastbrook and Westbrook drives.

Public views sought on widening State

– City officials will host a series of open houses for residents to view and give input on the plans to straighten and widen State Boulevard.

The $11 million project calls for two travel lanes in each direction and a softer curve near Eastbrook and Westbrook drives to improve safety. The new alignment – which would require about $3.2 million in property acquisitions – would provide more capacity than the 20,500 vehicles that travel it daily.

City officials say the upgrade will improve flood control, traffic flow and pedestrian and motorist safety, while preserving the historic aspects of neighborhood streets.

The open houses will feature renderings of the preliminary designs so residents can have a better idea of what the street could look like. These designs came from citizen input, conveyed at numerous meetings over the past four years, officials said, stressing they are preliminary, not final, renderings.

Opponents, however, say the plans are to create a fast-moving urban highway meant to draw trucks from Coliseum Boulevard, and that it will destroy the neighborhood. City officials say the road that will not be a truck route, that they are designing the road to slow traffic and that by moving the road away from homes it will actually save a neighborhood being choked by an unsafe, clogged road.

There will be streetlights and trees right at the curb, and a planted median. The trees and low overhead signals will also discourage trucks, officials said.

In November, 13 people addressed the City Council on the issue. Seven residents, most of whom live along State Boulevard, spoke in favor of the project, while eight spoke against it. Of those opposed, only two live in the neighborhood affected.

City officials contend the project is, in fact, what neighbors want, because they have had at least 30 meetings with residents on the project, but are holding the open houses to get even more input and ensure the neighborhood is included in the planning process.

dstockman@jg.net

Advertisement