Motorists Get Chance To Learn About Northside Road Overhaul

By Jeff Neumeyer

February 14, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 6:18 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21ALIVE) --- A major overhaul on Dupont Road near the Parkview North campus is getting closer to becoming a reality.

Motorists are learning more about the project that will transform travel on the busy highway, with an emphasis on improved safety.

An Indiana Department of Transportation animation 21 Alive obtained gives you a sense of what folks driving east and west on Dupont Road will confront at the I-69 interchange.

A stoplight manages the flow of traffic that is directed to the left side of the roadway as it crosses the bridge between the I-69 north and southbound ramps.

Once they're shifted to the left, vehicles can turn left onto the interstate ramps without stopping or having to turn in front of oncoming cars and trucks.

Once the Diverging Diamond comes into operation, it's going to take some time to get used to.

We showed some motorists on Friday how this system will work, to see how they like the new concept.

We caught up with two women who work at a nursing home a short distance down Dupont.

They believe the current set up is dangerous.

“My friend, about a month ago, texts me and I was still down at work, and she said she was just in an accident, and could I please help her. And I got down there and her truck is totaled, a guy turned in front of her and she was really shaken up," said Jackie Ryan.

" We are always stopped, because either somebody pulls out in front of somebody, or somebody crisscrosses a lane coming out of the hospital, they don't know which lane to get in, so they get in an accident," said Charlynne Jervais.

Others think the new design will boost safety, but they worry about what troubles the construction itself will cause.

" Usually, if it was us, if we know that there is construction, we avoid the area, so maybe that's what we'll have to do," said Phil Walters, who works a significant amount of time on the north side of town.

INDOT officials declined comment, saying they will make a presentation and answer any concerns at a public informational meeting on Monday at Carroll High School, starting at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium.




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