News release from INDOT:
Temporary Road Closure Extended to Accommodate Construction of MLK Bridge Steel Arches
Detour Continues on US 27/Clinton Street
Downtown Still Open for Business
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the City of Fort Wayne announce that due to the weather, the closure of US 27/Clinton Street will continue through Monday, January 30th and potentially until Tuesday, January 31, as work progresses on placement of the overhead steel arches for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Bridge.
Crews worked throughout the weekend constructing integral segments of the bridge amid high winds and icy conditions.
On Monday, January 30, placement of the vertical members that will connect the arch beams to the deck may occur. It should be emphasized that the Martin, Inc. and RL. McCoy erection crew will NOT sacrifice safety for speed. Each step requires great care as the steel gets higher in the air. This work is weather permitting.
The official detour is east on SR 930/Coliseum Boulevard to Washington Boulevard west (Cloverleaf Interchange). Westbound Washington Boulevard will return to US 27 Downtown Fort Wayne. Truck traffic and especially semi-trucks are encouraged to use the official detour due to several 90 degree turns on a local detour, which utilizes 4th Street, Harrison Street and Superior Street.
The City of Fort Wayne’s local detour will make it easy to access downtown businesses. It begins at Clinton Street and 4th Street and follows 4th Street west to Harrison Street, then south on Harrison to Superior Street and east on Superior back to Clinton. Harrison and 4th Streets will be temporarily redirected as One-Way Streets during this construction period.
When the bridge is re-opened to traffic, one of the three lanes will be restricted for 2-3 months. The restriction is due to continued illumination work on the bridge. The project will be complete in the spring.