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Hobart police plan new traffic pattern to make visits to County Line Orchard a little sweeter

County Line Orchard

HOBART — The County Line Orchard has grown into a must-visit fall attraction for many families, but the traffic that comes along with thousands of visitors isn't so sweet.

Police said they've learned from their successes and failures over the years and recently implemented a new traffic pattern that should help prevent the gridlock of years past.

Officers tried the new pattern last weekend, and traffic was slow at times but not unbearable, Lt. James Gonzales said.

The traffic pattern will be in effect the weekends of Sept. 29 and 30, Oct. 5 and 6, Oct. 19 and 20, and Oct. 26 and 27.

Orchard traffic will travel south on County Line Road between Cleveland Avenue and Ind. 130. Signs will mark the route.

Residents traveling south on County Line Road who come to the four-way stop at Cleveland and County Line Road will be directed to turn west on Cleveland or east on County Road 700 North into Porter County.

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Residents who live south of the orchard on County Line Road can access their properties by traveling north on County Line Road from Ind. 130.

Police asked that drivers be patient and comply with all traffic laws and follow officers' directions.

"The Hobart Police Department has implemented this traffic configuration to ensure the safety of the residents and to maintain the integrity of traffic flow in the area," Gonzales said.

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