Traffic problems on Washington Boulevard

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Traffic alert:

Sewer Improvements Move to Washington Boulevard: Lane Restrictions Begin Tomorrow

Efforts to improve stormwater flow for Fort Wayne’s future continue in the downtown area this week and that will mean some lane restrictions.

Beginning tomorrow, April 24, 2009, lane restrictions will be in effect for the two far north lanes of Washington Boulevard between Webster Street and Ewing Street. The lane restrictions will begin tomorrow around 9:00AM. If the weather cooperates the work should be complete in about a week.

During the construction the traffic signal at Washington and Ewing will be removed and a stop sign will be placed on Ewing. It will be a one-way stop for traffic on Ewing. The open lanes on Washington will not stop at the Ewing intersection during this time.

Next month, the far south lanes on Washington will be closed for continuation of the work. The City will announce that restriction when a date is known.

The restrictions will allow the extension of a 48-inch stormwater pipe to be placed across Washington Boulevard. It will eventually connect the Ewing Street sewer with Wayne Street.

The sewer improvements compensate for increased usage and allow stormwater to be redirected away from the existing combined sewers that have a limited capacity during wet weather. These improvements will direct the runoff into the new sewers designed to handle the anticipated volume.

This will provide better services for homes and businesses in the area around Ewing Street and for future development.

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