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[INDOT - Northeast] Franklin Street West of SR 19 in Elkhart to close Tuesday, July 30
Start Date: 7/29/2013 All Day
End Date: 7/31/2013
Entry Description
ELKHART, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that Franklin Street (Old US 33) west of SR 19/Nappanee Street in Elkhart is scheduled for a 50-day closure beginning on Tuesday, July 30, as part of the SR 19 road construction project.

The alignment of Franklin Street will be changed from the existing location to intersect SR 19 approximately 150 feet to the north, farther away from the railroad underpass. As part of this new alignment, LaRue Street will be closed with a cul-de-sac to the northwest of Franklin Street, west of SR 19. The new intersection configuration will include five lanes of traffic for southbound SR 19 and both approaches on Franklin Street (two thru lanes in each direction and a left turn lane). Northbound SR 19 traffic will have a second left turn lane at this location to accommodate motorists turning left onto Franklin Street, resulting in a six-lane section on SR 19 just south of Franklin Street. The new configuration is expected to improve motorist and pedestrian safety and the flow of traffic at this intersection.

The closure is expected to be complete by approximately the end of the third week of September, weather permitting. Franklin Street east of SR 19 will remain open during this time. The local traffic detour will be Lexington Avenue to Bypass Road to Ash Road.

The SR 19 reconstruction project consists of complete pavement replacement from Lusher Avenue to Beardsley Avenue to accommodate a 5-lane concrete roadway with a bi-directional turn lane. This will match the portions of SR 19 north of Beardsley Avenue and south of Lusher Avenue. The project will also include rehabilitation of the bridge over the St. Joseph River; installation of sidewalks; curb and gutter; ADA ramps; storm sewer system; new traffic signals; and pedestrian crosswalks with pushbuttons at Franklin Street, Indiana Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and Bypass Road.

INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest news and information about INDOT, visit www.in.gov/indot. You can find traffic restriction information at www.trafficwise.IN.gov. Contact the Fort Wayne District toll free at 866-227-3555.
Location Information:
Elkhart County
Contact Information:
Name: Mary Foster
Phone: 260-969-8219
Email: mafoster@indot.in.gov
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