Maplecrest Road improvements have been completed and it is officially open. Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, business owners and area residents cut a ribbon in front of Christ’s Church on Maplecrest Road to celebrate the completion of the project that was started in the fall of 2019.
Widening the road between East State Boulevard and Trier Road to four lanes separated by a median, adding a sidewalk, installing new water mains and storm water pipes and a trail connecting to the Rivergreenway was completed on time at a cost of $6.7 million.
“It’s encouraging to see the considerable amount of progress made on infrastructure improvements in our neighborhoods even during this pandemic,” said Mayor Henry. “The input gathered from residents who live and travel through this busy corridor was important in order to ensure we met the needs of the community. Numerous meetings were held prior to the start of work to gain input from area residents about design features they would like to see included, landscaping, lighting, barriers and crosswalks. This is a tremendous avenue and it’s your project! We continue to be committed to improving the quality of life amenities that will keep Fort Wayne moving forward.”
Henry, who grew up in the neighborhood, pointed out that the newly improved road enhances the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. “In fact,” he said, “it looks a lot better than when I lived here.”
The street handles more than 19,000 vehicles every day.
The improvements between State and Trier complement the Maplecrest extended project that was completed a few years ago by the Allen County Highway Department. That project extended the road and trail from Lake Avenue south to Indiana 930 west of New Haven.
Director of Public Works Shan Gunawardena said good weather throughout last winter enabled E&B Paving, contractor on the job, to continue working. There are a few minor things like planting trees and vegetation in the median that are yet to be finished before the project is totally done, he added.
Gunawardena said that the final portion of the two-season Maplecrest improvement project from Trier Road to Stellhorn Road is scheduled to take place in 2021. When finished, the total project will be a 14-block upgrade. The road will then be four lanes from just north of the I-469 interchange to Indiana 930. Eighty percent of the road and streetscape improvements are federally funded with the remaining 20 percent coming from the City’s Public Works budget.
Mike Connolly, owner of Connolly Do-it Best in Georgetown, commented that the construction was not nearly as disruptive as he thought it might be. “It was only closed completely a couple times. The rest of the time there were always two lanes open and traffic flowed rather smoothly,” he said.