FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) A busy intersection near one of Fort Wayne’s most-visited parks is about to be closed for nearly a year.
More than 17,000 vehicles drive through the intersection of Broadway and Rudisill every day. That’s just north of Foster Park.
But starting the Monday after the Fourth of July, it will be closed for up to 10 months.
That’s because the City of Fort Wayne needs to comply with a federal mandate to clean up sewer overflows in into the rivers.
Crews will tear up the intersection of Broadway and Rudisill to join existing sewer pipes underneath the streets and connect them to the drop shaft being build near the Foster Park entrance.
That way, the sewage can go through a 5-mile tunnel to the sewage treatment plant instead of straight into the Saint Marys River.
“This is the largest outfall that we have in the entire city, and when you’re thinking about almost 400 million gallons a year going into the river, combined sewage from those two outfalls, this is an important project,” Frank Suarez with Fort Wayne Public Works said.
Having Broadway and Rudisill closed through next spring means thousands of people will only be able to get to Foster Park by driving North on Old Mill and South to leave.
Planned detours will take traffic up Fairfield instead of Broadway, but the Bluffton Road bridge over the Saint Marys River will remain open for eastbound traffic to turn north.