FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The more than $2 million project to raise the Spy Run Bridge has kept drivers off part of Clinton Street for a couple weeks. What does that mean to area business owners?
The detour onto Spy Run Avenue and Elizabeth Street means Clinton Street businesses no longer have the benefit of sitting on a main thoroughfare into the city,
"It's kind of chaotic," says Doug Schroeder of North Side Plumbing and Heating. "I don't think it's hurt service that much at North Side Plumbing. The traffic is the biggest issue trying to get into our business."
North Side Plumbing is located at the corner of State and Clinton Streets, and Schroeder says his biggest pet peeve with the construction detour is the right turn lane on State Street.
"What we don't understand is why there isn't a solid green arrow down there on Spy Run all the time, because what happens is people don't assume that they can continue to turn right onto Spy Run. They stop and traffic backs up."
He says the barrels also pose an access problem. "I'd like to see them spread them apart. You can't get into Classic Stereo. You can't get into our alley. They're so close that the tail end of your car is out in the existing traffic going forward in both directions."
Like many businesses in the area, Schroeder says a loyal customer base will help get them through the traffic headaches, but he's ready for "business as usual" again.
"I think everybody is going to be relieved when this is going to be all said and done. It'll make the city better," he says.
It's probably safe to say everyone is looking forward to construction wrapping up in late August.
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