SOUTH BEND – A main artery connecting the west side of South Bend to downtown has been closed for more than a week, and drivers who use Western Avenue every day say they are frustrated. The construction has closed Western for several blocks, leaving drivers to either follow the marked detours or navigate their own way around it all.
For Coca-Cola delivery driver Dave Price, the project means his delivery schedule takes much longer than it should.
“The cab of my truck is running well over 100 degrees,” he said. “I’ve got probably four [deliveries] over here but then I’ve got a bunch [of deliveries] on the other side of the street.”
His only option is to go around, which means lots of extra driving time. And Price isn’t alone.
“It’s hard,” said Lonnie Misenheimer of the difficulties of navigating his way around the closed stretch of Western. “I’m just now figuring it out.