The proposed Calhoun Street reconstruction into a two-way avenue provides no solution to the downtown’s traffic problems.  The two-block stretch which is to be converted to two-way traffic in a $1,000,000 + project, will restructure the street for two whole blocks.  Not much of an area in comparison to the rest of the downtown.

I tend to be one of those “what’s really going on under the surface” people who always thinks there is an underlying rationale of some type.  My opinion on turning Calhoun two-way?  I believe it will eventually be extended over Headwaters Park to join with its other half on the north side of the river.

If that connection is made, then Calhoun could be extended out to the “new, improved”  – depending on your view of improvement – E. State Boulevard sans the curvature.   An additional thought is that if the casino somehow becomes a reality, then the extension of Calhoun would bring more traffic to that area by directing patrons to the property in a more direct route.  I suspect – like it or not – the Mayor and the private investors are marching toward the construction of a casino as part of the North River project.

Hey – just my “what’s really behind the two-way conversion” theory.  Hope you all enjoy it!

Path showing possibility of extending Calhoun Street

Path showing possibility of extending Calhoun Street


About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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  1. Evert Mol says:

    Calhoun used to go north/south and curve into Clinton south of the bridge. We’d use it to get over to Fairfield a little faster coming back from the Coliseum, but even in the fifties it was never a main thoroughfare. You’re right wondering what’s next because there’s no logic or justification for what they’re doing now. But even if there is a grand plan, why not just wait until that’s publicly proposed and see how it flies before wasting the taxpayers’ money?

  2. Evert:

    I remember the days when Calhoun tied into Clinton. I suspect the casino is a done deal and many of the changes downtown will tie into the casino project.

    Personally I oppose a casino, but since the Mayor has two lobbyists on the payroll, I think the casino is coming whether the citizens want it or not – just a matter of time.

    I am also disturbed that the mayor issued an edict that the Renaissance Square deal must be closed by the end of this month.

    • Mark Andrews says:

      I really wanted to see Spring Street extended to Spy Run and take some pressure of State Blvd., but alas nobody downtown seems to want to listen to anything. I am really begining to have voters remorse!

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