Officials in Fort Wayne are celebrating the completion of $25 million in neighborhood infrastructure improvements throughout 2017. The city's Division of Public Works says the investment, which will continue in 2018, aims to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, as well as enhance public spaces.

Some of the completed projects for 2017 included more than 40 miles of asphalt resurfacing, nearly six miles of concrete reconstruction and the addition of 11 miles of new trail, including the 100th trail mile for the city. The city also completed:

  • 9.2 miles of concrete walk
  • 14 miles of concrete curb
  • 768 concrete ramps
  • 3,000 faded traffic signs replaced
  • 740 miles of painted roadway lines, crosswalks, curbs and turn arrows

"Strong and successful cities need neighborhood investments and that’s why one of my top priorities has been to invest in street, sidewalk, trail and lighting improvements as well as neighborhood business districts," said Fort Wayne Mayor Henry. "In the last four years alone we’ve invested $100 million in infrastructure enhancements, and we’re committed to making additional improvements again in 2018."

The city is planning an additional $30 million in improvements in 2018. The project list for next year is being finalized and will be announced in early spring.