The first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI) designed and built in the state of Indiana was named “Civil Engineering Project of the Year” by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Indiana section. According to ASCE Indiana, the award is presented for the most outstanding or unique project built in Indiana and completed during the current or past year.
Designed by Burgess & Niple (B&N), the DDI at I-69 and DuPont Road in Fort Wayne was built to add traffic capacity and relieve congestion to support ongoing development in the area. With two hospitals located in close proximity, the revamped interchange also improves access for emergency vehicles.
At a cost of $3.5 million, the DDI was a cost effective transportation solution that serves an estimated 40,000 motorists each day. Completed for the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), a former diamond interchange was converted to a DDI and opened to traffic in October 2014.
A unique feature of the I-69/DuPont Road DDI is a barrier separated median designed for pedestrians. The median provides a safer path for pedestrians to traverse the interchange and connects to an existing network of trails, which helps promote alternate modes of transportation.
Congratulations to INDOT and the entire project team on this recognition!