Detour disaster in Mishawaka

MISHAWAKA--Road construction along Capital Avenue is nothing new. But it's getting pretty old for some local drivers who will now have to travel a 17-mile detour.

"It's a pain in the butt, but its going to be better in the end," said Ron Merrill.

"It's a pain in the hind end," said George Davis.

INDOT closed Capital Avenue from Lincolnway to Jefferson as part of the major construction job set for a fall 2013 completion. The section will be closed for two weeks. 

"We’re going to be widening the road, so from Granger all the way to the 20 bypass we’ll have two lanes in each direction," said Matt Deitchley."It’s something people have been looking forward to awhile to get finished.”  

The closed stretch of road is only a mile long, but the detour will take drivers on a scenic 17-mile journey. The detour is long due to the fact that INDOT can only use state roads for detours.

"The closest state roads in that vicinity are having people use 933, to 23, and then to 331 and back down again," said Deitchley.

The detour takes about 30 minutes in light traffic, so if you're passing through during the morning rush hour- be sure to leave early! INDOT says your patience will pay off the in end.

"All we ask people to do is really just be patient and remember that when all of this is complete you’re going to have a better road, a faster road, and more importantly a safer road to travel on," said Deitchley.  

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