$55 Million Dollar Project to proceed next year:
The Allen County Council today overwhelmingly approved the $55 million Maplecrest extension from Lake Avenue south to Adams Center Road. County Commisioner nelson Peters said "we worked hard to sell the project" and presentations by a variety of county officials and other supports swayed Council members who previously said they were leaning against the project.
The 6-1 vote in favor of a $25 million construction bond should allow work on the 1.5-mile extension by next year. The project, which is of great importance to businesses and residents of southeast Fort Wayne and New Haven,is expected to improve transportation and public safety and promote economic development, especially in southeast Allen County. But because the cost had doubled since 2002, some Council members had questioned whether the benefits were worth the expense.