Girl Scout Cadette Troop 369 from the Indian Village neighborhood applied markers to storm drains in Waynedale Friday as part of an outreach effort through Fort Wayne City Utilities. City Utilities is organizing marking storm drains as an education program to remind residents not to dump anything down a storm drain.

Members of Troop 369, who also helped plant the City’s first demonstration rain garden this spring, installed markers on 45 storm sewer inlets in the area south of Lower Huntington Road and west of Bluffton Road.

I’d like to thank Girl Scout Troop 369 for their work on behalf of all City Utilities customers that benefits the water quality of our local rivers and streams. I encourage neighborhood associations, other Scout troops and civic or faith-based organizations to consider installing these informational markers under the guidance of City Utilities.

City Utilities provided placards to be attached to storm drain inlets or the curbs nearby. City Utilities also provided all the material necessary to attach the markers to storm inlets or to the curb nearby, safety equipment such as safety vests and traffic cones and training for the Scouts.

City Utilities gave informational door hangers that the Scouts distributed to homes near the inlets that are being marked. The door hangers alert residents about the drain markers and also provide instructions for environmentally appropriate ways to dispose of or recycle a number of household products.

Volunteers will mark storm drains in the Harvester neighborhood this summer. The University of St. Francis is planning to have students do storm drain marking in the fall. Other groups or neighborhoods that would like to install storm drain markers should call Susan Beck with Fort Wayne City Utilities at 427-6213 to schedule an event and receive training and supplies.


Concrete deliveries start for Harrison Square parking garage

Deliveries of pre-cast concrete for the Harrison Square parking garage have started. The trucks will travel from Interstate 69 to downtown Fort Wayne for about 90 days.

The City expects between 10 and 20 84-foot trucks daily into October. The trucks will exit I-69 onto Jefferson Boulevard or Illinois Road traveling to the Harrison Square construction site in downtown Fort Wayne.

In downtown, the trucks will use the right lane of Jefferson and a temporary cut-through at the southwest corner of Harrison Street and Jefferson Boulevard to help ease traffic congestion.

City officials recommend drivers avoid Harrison Street between Jefferson Boulevard and Douglas Street weekdays and watch for these oversized loads.

The trucks, marked as oversized loads, are delivering pre-cast concrete for the Harrison Square parking garage approximately between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. The use of pre-cast concrete from Decatur will shorten the construction time as well as saving money for the parking garage that will serve Lincoln Financial and the Harrison Square complex.

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