Improvements to the West Jefferson Boulevard gateway from the west will get underway tomorrow and continue through mid to late September. Lindenwood Avenue just north of West Jefferson Boulevard is currently closed to traffic and will remain closed for approximately three weeks. West Jefferson Boulevard at Catalpa Street near Rockhill Park will be restricted to one lane both directions as soon as the work on Lindenwood is complete. On West Jefferson, crews will not work during rush hours, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
The railroad elevation over West Jefferson at Catalpa and the elevation at Lindenwood just north of West Jefferson will both be cleaned and painted; brush and debris will be removed from alongside the bridges. New LED lighting will also be installed underneath the West Jefferson elevation in order to create a welcoming entrance into the downtown area.
Improving the West Jefferson corridor and other City gateways is part of Mayor Tom Henry’s commitment to creating a welcoming community that appeals to businesses and residents. The work is a recommendation of the Front Door Fort Wayne Plan, which is a comprehensive 10-year strategy to transform the City’s primary gateways. The plan was developed with input from the public and a 14-member citizen advisory committee.
The City is investing $337,000 in the project, which will be paid for with Tax Increment Financing, or TIF. TIF is a tool used by local governments to invest any new property tax revenue into a geographic area from which the revenue was generated.