How Do I Get to My Driveway?

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

You could call it growing pains.

The future of the Day Road in Mishawaka is looking good. The two lane road will become a multi-lane highway, alleviating traffic congestion.

Sounds good.

Unless you LIVE along that portion of Day Drive.

Then, it sounds, not so good.

"The only way that me and my neighbors could get out of our property was to drive through our backyard and out to the main road," explains Beth McConkey, a resident on Day Road. "Absolutely not acceptable. No. This is our property."

McConkey says she's complained about the very narrow access road she and her neighbors have been provided. She says, some people who drive through, fall off the slight ledge, and get stuck.

So NewsCenter 16 ventured out on the access road to see for ourselves.

And we, too, got stuck between a telephone pole and a big orange cone.

"My main concern is that an emergency vehicle can not get to my home," McConkey goes on. "I have four children and if there's an emergency, my main concern is that that vehicle is not going to be able to get to our home fast enough."

Again, it was a day of trial and error. We called the Penn Township Fire Department and hopped in a fire truck. Could it make it through the access road?

No.

"If we had a fire and had to use tankers there would be no way to get tankers in here," says John Nyerges, the firefighter driving the truck.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials say they understand how frustrating this is, and if the access road COULD be wider, it WOULD be.

"This is concrete pavement. If we're going to allow everyone to get out directly onto the road while we're paving, we have to have a gap in each one of those spots. And anytime you stop concrete paving and start up again, it's a bump," explains Dennis Berg, a INDOT project engineer.

The entire Day Road construction project is expected to be completed in September. But residents are being told access to their driveways will be more accessible in about three weeks.

So for the residents along Day Road, it will be a summer of patience at home.

That's if, they can get home.


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