City planning $31 million in neighborhood improvements

March 20, 2019 GMT

Fort Wayne city crews plan to tackle 47 miles of asphalt resurfacing and close to 5 miles of concrete reconstruction this year, officials announced today. 

That’s a $31 million investment, Mayor Tom Henry said. 

“We’re going to have another tremendous year of infrastructure upgrades in neighborhoods throughout Fort Wayne. By working together with neighborhood leaders, city council and our public works division to plan our projects for this construction season, we’ll be able to make a lasting and meaningful difference,” Henry said in a statement. “The investments we’ve made over the last several years demonstrate that neighborhoods, the backbone of our city, are a top priority.” 

One such neighborhood, Pettit-Rudisill, will see alley reconstruction, sidewalk repairs and resurfacing of two major roads: McKinney Avenue and Hanna Street. There will be projects in more than 190 neighborhoods citywide this year. 

“We are not only improving worn roads, we are making improvements that enhance safety for drivers, bicyclists and walkers,” Public Works Director Shan Gunawardena said. “From fixing sidewalk trip hazards, adding ADA ramps, adding trails and new sidewalks, to adding travel turn lanes and improving the line of site at traffic signals, we are working to strengthen our community’s neighborhoods and make them safer.”  

Some 2019 highlights include work to Maplecrest Road from State Boulevard to Trier Road; Goshen Road improvements from State to Cambridge boulevards; road widening projects on St. Joe Center Road, State Boulevard and Ardmore Avenue; neighborhood concrete work in Aboite Meadows, Caribe Colony, Greater McMillen Park, Hillsboro Addition and Woodhurst Addition; intersection improvements at Harris Street and Coliseum Bouelvard and Hillegas Road and West Coliseum Boulevard.

More than 100 city street repavings including portions of West State Boulevard, Sherman Boulevard, Warsaw Street, St. Joe Center Road, Capitol Street, Covignton Road, Wallen Chase Run and Taylor Street.