Relief During Rush Hour On State Road 23

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

Years of waiting in traffic could come to an end in a part of Saint Joseph County.

The state has planned to expand State Road 23 from Main to Brick to four lanes.

Just this week, IN-DOT announced Reith Riley won the 8.6 million dollar project.

Businesses say this will finally mean less congestion, happier customers and some extra cash in their registers.

Being stuck in traffic with your tummy growling is not fun - it is miserable.

Shawn Erickson, the manager of Papa's Pizzeria on State Road 23 says he hears this too often from customers.

Then, once they get there to pick-up their food, they have to wait longer to get home and eat.

Erickson says, “If you ever try to take a left turn out of here with Capital next to it, the traffic is just ridiculous. You almost can't get out!”

Erickson and a number of business managers we talked to in that area of Granger say traffic issues have been talked about way too much and tackling the problem seemed like it was simply talk.

Now, it is really happening and businesses were thrilled to hear that the state chose a company for the eight million dollar project.

That means there will soon be two additional lanes between Main/Gumwood and Brick roads.

Erickson says, “More cars and traffic will come through and more people will see the shop and come in. I think it's excellent.”

Paula Mooth at Ginger Valley flower shop says November 2008 could not come any sooner.

That is when the project is set to be completed.

She says more traffic lanes will mean less stress for everyone.

Mooth says, “I've had people come in and say, "Man, it took me a half hour to get here and forever to get out." She also says, “When I'm here by myself and I need to make a delivery it can easily take me an extra 30-45 minutes.”

This is just the first phase of the State Road 23 project.

Eventually, the highway will be four lanes all the way to Bittersweet in Granger.

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