One of Fort Wayne’s most heavily traveled thoroughfares will be reduced to one lane for more than a week as crews work on the State Boulevard improvement project.
Southbound Clinton Street will be reduced to one southbound lane just north of State Boulevard from Wednesday through May 2. Crews will install a stormwater pipe in the area.
The far east lane will remain open for travel.
The lane restriction will last through May 2, a Thursday. At that point, traffic will be shifted over to the two far west lanes.
Motorists are encouraged to consider a different route as traffic will be slow moving and delays are likely.
The city said 23,000 vehicles per day travel Clinton Street south over State Boulevard on average.
Traffic is already being re-routed on State Boulevard between Spy Run Avenue and Clinton Street.
The work is part of a major re-work of State Boulevard in the area. Phase 1 of the project, which stretches from Clinton Street and Spy Run Avenue, includes the addition of a westbound travel lane, a trail buffered by a park strip on the south side of the road, a sidewalk on the north side, decorative lighting, and an improved turn lane for eastbound traffic wanting to turn north onto Spy Run.
In 2019, Phase II will focus on State Boulevard between Cass Street and Clinton Street. The project will replace a 91-year-old bridge over the Spy Run Creek, realignment of the road, additional travel lanes in each direction, a turn lane where needed, a protected sidewalk on the north side and a trail on the south side of the road, landscaping, and decorative lighting.
The entire project, including restoration, should be complete in 2020.