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Capital Avenue train underpass now open

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Traffic on Capital Avenue in Mishawaka will no longer be stopped by passing trains.  INDOT has opened the railroad underpass at the "New Capital Avenue."  Traffic has shifted to some of the newly completed lanes between Lincolnway and 12th Street.

"I think it's great," said Jack Parisey, who lives near the underpass. "Its been shutdown for a long time and they had people going every which way but the right one."

The road opened just before 2:00pm on Thursday.  For now, only one lane in each direction will be open.  Traffic will use what will be the northbound lanes for now.  Crews are still working to complete the southbound lanes.

"While we're happy about [the underpass opening] and people are going to be moving on a lot safer. It's still a construction zone, so you need to be cautious like you would at any construction area," said Matt Dietchley, INDOT.

Most people were happy with the underpass finally opening, but businesses who used to have prime real estate right off of the old Capital Avenue are far from thrilled with this change. They say they were already lost business due to the constructions and now their customers will no longer have a direct route.

Some people who live in the neighborhood next door, share those same concerns about getting to their homes.

"I'm just concerned about going back and forth to work and coming in and out of this area to try and get from one place to the other," said Richard Williams. "It looks like its going to be a hard way to get in and out."

The entire expansion project is expected to be complete this fall. Parisey said he can hardly wait for all four lanes to open up.

"I'd be happy to have it done quick (laughs)," said Parisey.

Not all the businesses around the underpass are upset about the construction. The manager at Motel 6, near the intersection, says he is happy the underpass is open now because it makes it easier for customers to get to their motel.

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