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I-69 slowdowns planned near Fort Wayne Sunday

Friday, May 17, 2013 - 12:01 am

Hoosiers setting out on a Sunday morning drive this weekend should steer away from Interstate 69 in southwestern Allen County.

Rolling slowdowns of traffic on Interstate 69 will take place from 6-10 a.m. Sunday from south of Exit 296 to north of Exit 305. The slowdowns will begin approximately 5 miles north and south of utility work scheduled to take place near the 301 mile marker, just south of the Yohne Road bridge, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Traffic on I-69 will be slowed to 10 mph to allow removal of old utility lines and hanging of new utility lines across the interstate by Indiana Michigan Power. The Allen County Sheriff's Department and Fort Wayne Police Department will assist with the rolling slowdowns, which are expected to last up to 20 minutes each. Traffic entering I-69 in either direction within the limits of the traffic controls may be stopped on entrance ramps during this time period until I-69 traffic has cleared from each rolling slowdown.

Motorists can expect installation of signage beginning at approximately 6 a.m. on Sunday, May 19. The first rolling slowdown is expected to begin after all signage and law enforcement are in place for traffic control. The work is scheduled to be complete by 10 a.m. the same day.