Your drive around the west side of Fort Wayne could get a bit more complicated starting Monday.
Construction work is set to begin to replace the Hillegas Road bridge over I-69. Hillegas will be closed there while crews work.
The section of Hillegas that will be effected will vary throughout the process, but the main issue area will be the small stretch from West Coliseum Boulevard to California Road on either side of the overpass.
The City of Fort Wayne has created a local detour for drivers. Southbound traffic detours will include: Washington Center Road to U.S. 33 to U.S. 30 to West Coliseum to Hillegas.
Northbound traffic detours will include: Hillegas to West Coliseum to U.S. 30 to U.S. 33 to Washington Center Road.
We tested the detour to see how much time it added to the drive. You can see the results in the video below:
Drivers may also see overnight lane restrictions or scheduled rolling slow-downs on I-69, between mile marker 308 to 310 to accommodate for the bridge work occurring on Hillegas Road.
This is the second time the road has been closed due to construction on an overpass. Last year, Hillegas was closed at the U.S. 30 overpass from April through October.
At some point during the project, the West Coliseum connection to Hillegas will also be reconstructed. The timeline for the closure of West Coliseum is not known at this time, but is anticipated to take place mid-summer.
Work will continue through late November, weather permitting.