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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 23, 2018 4:27 pm

Verbatim: I-469 pavement replacement project to begin next week

The Journal Gazette

The Indiana Department of Transportation issued this news release today:

FORT WAYNE -- The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that the $24.7 million pavement replacement project on I-469, from 0.85 miles east of U.S. 27 to 2.4 miles south of U.S. 30, is scheduled to begin its second year of construction on or after Monday, March 26, weather permitting.

Work on the project, to be completed by INDOT contractor Brooks Construction Company, includes the total removal of concrete pavement from the lanes and shoulders, followed by the placement of asphalt between mile marker 11/U.S. 27 and mile marker 17/Minnich Road.

Beginning on or after Monday, March 26, motorists will see I-469 reduced to one lane in each direction between exits 11-17. This will allow contractors to complete preparation work in advance of a traffic shift planned later this year. Heavy equipment will then begin placing segments of temporary barrier walls while contractors begin construction of crossovers in the medians.

Once the temporary barrier wall has been placed, traffic will be switched to the westbound lanes, with one 11-foot lane in each direction, while road reconstruction takes place in the eastbound lanes. Also at this time, motorists can expect the closure of the eastbound entrance ramp from Marion Center Road to I-469 and the eastbound ramp from I-469 to Tillman Road.

The speed limit will be reduced to 55 mph through the construction zone, with a 45 mph speed limit when flashing speed limit signs are present.

Work on the eastbound lanes will continue throughout late 2018, with traffic being restored to two lanes in both directions before the 2018-19 winter season. The reconstruction of the westbound lanes took place during the 2017 construction season.

The contract also includes bridge rehabilitation and repair on several I-469 bridges: I-469 bridge over the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad south; the I-469 bridge over Tillman Road; and the I-469 bridge over the Chicago, Fort Wayne and Eastern Railroad north. A bridge deck overlay is planned for the I-469 bridge over Houk Ditch.

View this project in our online traveler system here: http://bit.ly/2HXBcTw