Buses impacted by weight limit imposed on Bluffton Road bridge

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — A 12-ton maximum weight limit has been put in place on the Bluffton Road Bridge meaning heavy vehicles will have to take an alternate route; possibly for years to come.

According to a news release from Fort Wayne Public Works, an outside bridge inspector was hired after an annual inspection by city engineers found maintenance concerns.

Weight limit signs are now in place and the process has begun to receive federal grants for the bridge upgrade.

Larger semis and heavy industrial/commercial/delivery trucks and vans should use Tillman Road, Lafayette/Clinton/US 27 and Jefferson Boulevard as shown here.

Buses and smaller delivery trucks should use Brooklyn Avenue, Taylor Street and Broadway as shown here.

Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista Stockman said the detours will cause “major disruptions to our routes.” The district had to reroute more than 100 bus routes that travel across the Bluffton Road bridge beginning Monday, and a number of stops now have different pick-up and drop-off times, Stockman said.

Citilink, too, will be impacted. Spokesperson Kylee Wagner said passengers are normally dropped off on the No. 1 route, but now riders will need to take route No. 3 or No. 9 to get to that area.

A Citilink rider alert says:

Citilink Rider Alert – #1 Waynedale
Effective Monday, December 9, 2019 until further notice due to weight restrictions on the Bluffton Road Bridge.
Outbound:
Broadway to
(right) on Taylor Street to
(left) on Brooklyn Ave to
(right) on Bluffton Road to regular route.

Inbound:
Bluffton Road to
(left) on Brooklyn Ave to
(right) on Taylor Street to
(left) on Broadway to regular route.

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