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Lincolnway East to get fixed

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There are more calls complaining about the condition of Lincolnway East in Mishawaka to the Mayor's Office than any other complaint.

"I think it's the worst road in Michiana," says Dave Pestrak. He's the Marketing Director for Curve Cafe and Between the Buns,  both on Lincolnway. He says it's such a mess, he's losing customers.

"We constantly have specials to try and drive more traffic in but with the roads the way they are, it's kind of tough to get them in."
    
 Loyal customers say they take the back roads to get their fix at Curve Cafe, but it's hard to get newcomers,

 "I've actually heard from customers who avoid Lincolnway and the businesses on it because it's so bad," says Dave.

Mishawaka Mayor Dave Wood says Lincolnway is detrimental to economic growth and he wants INDOT's permission for the city to take it over,

"The road is totally unacceptable, it's unacceptable to me. It's an embarrassment not just to .. you know the road is in such condition ... I think it's an embarrassment to the state when it's in that type of condition," says Wood.

Since Lincolnway is a state road, there's nothing the City of Mishawaka can do to fix the road, it's in the state's hands. Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Deitchley says improvements are on the way. There's a pre-construction meeting on June 13th to review the process,

"You know, it's not something that's about a proposal or if we're going to do it. This is something that's very, very standard. Everything's already lined up to do it," says Deitchley.
    
Ground-breaking is planned to get started at the end of the month. The road won't be completely blocked off, but expect traffic to be restricted to two lanes.
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