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Union Chapel, Auburn intersection reopening

– The intersection of Union Chapel and Auburn roads is expected to open to traffic about noon today, the first time traffic will flow through the area in nearly two years.

Work began in early 2012 to build a new interchange at Union Chapel and Interstate 69, which closed Union Chapel between Auburn and Diebold roads.

As part of that state project, Allen County built roundabouts at Union Chapel’s intersections with Auburn and Diebold, and the city of Fort Wayne used the opportunity to install a larger water main in the area.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials said there is still construction work that remains to be done, including surface paving, lighting and landscaping, and the contractor will resume these activities when weather permits in the spring.

The contract completion date is July 2014.

INDOT officials said the contractor, subcontractors, and Allen County crews worked extra hours to allow the project to open to traffic earlier than anticipated this year, allowing motorists to use Union Chapel and Auburn Roads during the winter months until construction can resume.