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INDOT seeks public input on US 30 upgrades in western Allen County

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INDOT will host an open house Thursday to get public input on improvements to US 30 in western Allen County.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Members of the public will get their say about what kind of improvements they'd like to see along US Highway 30 near Sweetwater Sound and the new Amazon Fulfillment Center getting built.

A meeting is set for Thursday to generate discussion about the future of the major highway, changes that will ultimately go way beyond the borders of Allen County.

Enhancements are in the works at Kroemer Road where Sweetwater Sound is situated.

Just west of that, improvements are also slated to happen at Flaugh Road, where the new Amazon warehouse operation is being built.

Further west, changes will come at O'Day Road, Stahlhut, and where Felger and Leesburg Roads connect with highway 30.

A public open house is set to take place Thursday, June 10th, from 5 to 7 pm in a Sweetwater Sound conference room, where there will be presentations by INDOT and a chance for an exchange of ideas with the public.

We know traffic lights on the road from Fort Wayne through Columbia City, Warsaw and beyond cause traffic to slow and make travel more treacherous.

That's why INDOT is ready to make upgrades, starting just west of Fort Wayne.

"You might see anything from an added right turn lane to kind of help move traffic off. Some of them might even have interchange style exits at those intersections. The good news though is we're really just in the planning phase, that's why we have the public open house, it is to kind of hear what people want to see in that area, what they think is going to be best," said Hunter Petroviak, the spokesperson for INDOT's Northeast District.

Business leaders from this area have been crusading for a long time to see US 30 get converted into a limited access freeway from the Ohio state line all the way to Valparaiso near Chicago.

Governor Holcomb and other elected officials say they will prioritize the improvements, but will there be cost-cutting on parts of the project?

"Our concern is what happens west of Plymouth, and our concern there is it becomes easier for the Indiana Department of Transportation to maintain their less expensive solutions," said Bill Konyha, President & CEO of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.

Konyha says some business leaders have made it clear that if highway 30 doesn't get turned into a freeway the entire length of the project, their companies could cut off future investments in our region.

Construction on the upgraded intersections in western Allen County could begin as soon as the fall of 2022.

Jeff Neumeyer

Jeff Neumeyer is a reporter for WPTA.

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