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UPDATE: State Road 19 closure causing major driver difficulties


Lots of people we talked to on Old US-33 said they were going to be late for work Tuesday morning. One woman, in tears, asked for directions to the hospital to see her son who was just admitted. Why all the chaos? More road closures.

Tuesday marks just another kink in the chain of road closures in the Michiana area. Lincolnway just west of the St. Joseph - Elkhart County line has been closed since April. Now, Old US-33 is blocked just west of State Road 19 as well

"I pretty much waste a good 45 minutes to an hour because of all the road construction that's been going on here lately," says driver Tim Price of Jimtown.

Tuesday morning it looked like some drivers didn't know about the closure. In just a few minutes at the bar cades on the west side of the closure, we spotted many drivers heading east toward Elkhart having to turn around.

"Why don't they have a detour sign before we came all the way down here from County Line Rd. to tell us that the road's closed?" said one angry driver.

A sign was in place Tuesday morning at County Line Rd., but drivers we spoke to say they didn't see it. The sign is set next to the train tracks on Old US-33 said, "Road Closed to Thru Traffic", but the sign can be hard to see for traffic coming from County Line Rd. The sign is also sits next to an "End Detour" sign that left several drivers confused about what they were supposed to do.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has told us that contractors were still making the detour signs Monday, and checking that there were no errors.

INDOT was able to get more signage up by Tuesday afternoon, but drivers still seemed to be missing it. INDOT is apologizing for the confusion and congestion in the area.

The closure at State Road 19 is expected to last about 50 days.

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