Drivers encouraged to avoid Harrison between Jefferson and Douglas

Deliveries of precast concrete for the Harrison Square parking garage are expected to start Monday, July 21. The trucks will travel from Interstate 69 to downtown Fort Wayne for about 90 days.

The City expects between 10 and 20 84-foot trucks daily into October. The trucks will exit I-69 onto Jefferson Boulevard or Illinois Road traveling to the Harrison Square construction site in downtown Fort Wayne.

In downtown, the trucks will use the right lane of Jefferson and a temporary cut-through at the southwest corner of Harrison Street and Jefferson Boulevard to help ease traffic congestion.
City officials recommend drivers avoid Harrison Street between Jefferson Boulevard and Douglas Street weekdays.

The trucks, marked as oversized loads, are delivering precast concrete for the Harrison Square parking garage approximately between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The use of precast concrete from Decatur will shorten the construction time as well as saving money for the parking garage that will serve Lincoln Financial and the Harrison Square complex.

In the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Harrison Square is a mixed-use development with private and public funding, comprised of a cutting-edge minor-league ballpark, retail space, condominiums, a full-service Courtyard by Marriott hotel and parking garage. The ballpark is on schedule to be ready for the first pitch for the 2009 season.