New ‘five points’ roundabout, airport entrance among major Fort Wayne traffic upgrades coming soon
By Kevin Leininger | News-Sentinel
Work is expected to begin this spring on three major road projects, followed in 2019 by improvements to one of the city’s most challenging intersections and the main gateway into Fort Wayne International Airport.
Shan Gunawardena, city director of public works, said 2018 will see the beginning of long-anticipated realignment of West State Boulevard, starting with the $2 million first phase between Clinton and Cass streets. The project will remove a sharp curve city officials consider dangerous, resulting in the demolition of 15 homes in the historic Brookview-Irvington Park Neighborhood. Also slated for this year are $5 million in improvements to Maysville Road between Meijer Drive and Stellhorn Road and the $12 million upgrade of Dupont Road between Lima and Coldwater roads. Both projects will result in additional lanes, pedestrian improvements and other enhancements.
Perhaps even more-visible projects are planned for 2019, however — most notably the first phase of improvements to Goshen Avenue/Road that will replace the congested “five points” intersection at Goshen, Sherman Boulevard and Lillian Avenue with a roundabout.
“That’s a bad intersection. There are no turn lanes, and traffic is cutting through on other streets,”Gunawardena said. Although creation of a roundabout will require the removal of some buildings, adding turn lanes to the existing intersection would have done the same thing and produced fewer benefits to traffic flow. “(The intersection) is the perfect condition for roundabout,” he said. The design and budget are still being finalized, but the project is expected to add sidewalks and other features along what was once the Lincoln Highway.
The first phase, which could also produce a new entrance into Franke Park from Goshen Road, will stretch from West State Boulevard to Cambridge Boulevard, with later phases extending improvements all the way to Coliseum Boulevard. About 12,000 vehicles per day travel on Goshen through the five points intersection, and another 9,700 on Sherman.
Next year will also see a third lane added to Ardmore Avenue from Airport Expressway to the entrance to the airport’s passenger terminal, along with aesthetic enhancements Gunawardena said are likely to include still-undesigned signage pointing the way to Fort Wayne International. Cost of that project is also undetermined, Gunawardena said.
As The News-Sentinel first reported last week, airport officials are also planning to relocate the terminal entrance to the west in a $3 million project that will create room for additional parking and terminal expansion. The city and airport will coordinate their projects, Gunawardena said. About 5,300 vehicles use that portion of Ardmore daily.