6:42 AM EDT, September 30, 2012
MISHAWAKA – A major detour is starting this morning on Capital Avenue in Mishawaka.
Work on a new underpass will close Capital north of Lincolnway for 2 weeks.
To make the driver down the heavily-traveled highway easier in the future, the Indiana Department of Transportation has to temporarily make the trip more difficult starting Monday..
At the new Capital Ave. underpass near Lincolnway, trains are now using the new bridge. Vehicle traffic won’t be using the underpass until construction is complete next fall.
Before that happens, the old road needs to be aligned with the new one.
INDOT will close Capital between Lincolnway and Jefferson, forcing traffic to take a big detour.
Capital Avenue has been closed for a little while now south of Lincolnway to 12th St. while crews move the railroad tracks on to the new overpass. With that work just about wrapped up, this section of Capital is scheduled to reopen when they close the section north of Lincolnway on Monday.
The stretch of Capital set to close is less than a mile long, but the detour is considerably longer.
Because INDOT is required to use only state roads, traffic will be sent more than 17 miles out of the way.
If you’re going north, the detour is west on Lincolnway through Mishawaka to State Road 23 in South Bend. Then north back through Mishawaka to Granger where S.R. 23 and Capital meet, and finally south on Capital to Jefferson.
WSBT’s Chad Damp drove the detour Saturday, and it took him 35 minutes, and that was in relatively light traffic. So, make sure to leave yourself plenty of time if you have to follow the detour in the coming weeks.
Also important to note: Lane restrictions are planned for today and tomorrow on the U.S. Bypass between Mayflower Road and the State Road 23 exit in St. Joseph County. Paving work is being done. According to INDOT, lanes in both directions will be closed today, and the passing lanes will be closed tomorrow.
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