ST. JOSEPH COUNTY — Capital Avenue was designed to put drivers on the fast track between the Indiana Toll Road and the Bypass. But at the intersection of Cleveland Road and Capital Avenue We're seeing the first signs of development. Will that lead to traffic trouble for drivers in the future?
We have all gotten used to watching construction workers expand and improve Capital Avenue, but the sight of construction workers building a gas station and restaurant near Cleveland and Capital — what's up with that?
In October, a Marathon gas station and Giannetto's Pizza will call this location home.
The owner of Giannetto's will leave his current location at 100 Center in Mishawaka. There's one obvious reason why: more traffic.
Cars are few and far between at 100 Center during the lunch hour.
Victor Giannetto told our newsgathering partners at the South Bend Tribune the move would "increase sales", but most importantly "visibility".
So what does the future hold for this road?
We looked at the Capital Avenue land use plan and talked to John Byorni, director for the area plan commission...
"The long-range plan doesn't show a lot of commercial for this area," said Byorni.
But the recommended land use plan shows some residential spaces, but mostly industrial.
Capital Avenue was designed as a limited-access highway.
Current law only permits access from one of 12 points between the Toll Road and the Bypass: Cleveland. Douglas. Day. McKinley. Jefferson. LincolnWay/933 12th and Harrison. Dragoon Trail and Ireland Road.
"Regardless of what goes in, whether it'd be an office park, industrial park or if some of these cross roads did become more commercialized, they [drivers] are not going to have access to Capital Avenue — direct access," said Byorni.
"This will not be another Kokomo," said Byorni.