Update of the double track of the Rive-Sud line

The following is an update from NICTD on the construction of the NWI Double Track South Bank Line (NICTD) project which is underway:

GARY-MILLER STATION AREA

All buildings were demolished for the construction of the station and parking lots at Miller. New sewer work is underway in the west and east parking lots. Parking is available but temporarily restricted while work near Miller Station progresses. Vehicle and pedestrian access from Melton Road (US 20) will be closed, the driveway from the old US 12/Dunes Hwy will remain open with some lane restrictions. Construction activities may occur on the shoulder of the former US 12/Dunes Hwy.

7th Avenue was closed between Floyd and Lake Street starting Thursday, May 19 for sewer relocation work. Local access will be permitted between Floyd and Hamilton. Work is expected to be completed by June 30, but could continue until July 19 if necessary. There will be lane restrictions on the old US 12, but access to Miller Station will be maintained. Click here for the detour map.

NIPSCO Contractors (ARC American) will work on overhead power lines on US 12 near Alabama St from June 13 through July 1.

The NIPSCO Electrical Crew may have periodic lane closures on Melton Road east of Lake Street throughout June for pole chocks in support of the INDOT US 20 Project Main Sewer Facilities Complete Streets.

NICTD’s Double Track 3 contract, awarded to Hasse Construction, includes the construction of the new east parking lot site (east of McDonald’s), which has been closed. Construction of the new lot began in March. NIPSCO is moving utilities along Melton Rd.

INDOT’s US 20 Complete Streets Project in Gary:

This project is separate from Double Track. In the spring of 2022, INDOT launched its “Complete Streets” project, which includes the reconstruction of Melton Rd east and west of Lake St. as well as sidewalks and plantings. Any questions regarding the INDOT project should be directed to 855-463-6848.

PORTAGE STATION/OGDEN DUNES AREA

NIPSCO’s electrical team is expected to complete work just east of Portage/Ogden Dunes station by fall 2022. This work may require short-term restrictions on travel lanes and railroad markings .

Installation of a new pedestrian signal is scheduled for Hillcrest Rd at Ogden Dunes station for July 2022. Short-term lane closures at the Hillcrest Rd and US 12 intersection will be required for this work.

Construction of the new Portage/Ogden Dunes South parking lot for the Double Track project began in March 2022.

DUNE PARK STATION AREA

The east parking lot expansion is complete.

DUNE ACRES AREA

Installation of several culverts, large and small, began in early March at locations primarily west of Beverly Shores (one is east of Beverly Shores). Residents can expect equipment to move and vehicles to enter and exit Highway 12 and secondary roads through the culvert facilities. Culvert work is expected to be completed in July.

BEVERLY SHORES STATION AREA

Installation of several culverts, large and small, began in early March at locations primarily west of Beverly Shores (one is east of Beverly Shores). Residents can expect equipment to move and vehicles to enter and exit Highway 12 and secondary roads through the culvert facilities. Culvert work is expected to be completed in July.

Walsh/Herzog began removing the existing low platform and began constructing the two new low platforms at Beverly Shores station the week of May 16. Installation of large girders for the NICTD catenary system east and west of Broadway began June 8. , overhead cabling and fiber work will be underway in the general area during May and June.

On June 6, Broadway was closed for 14 days to build the new north lane through the intersection. After Broadway on June 20, Kemil Road (E. State Park Boundary Road) will close for 14 days to build the new north lane through this intersection. Passenger loop bus service to Beverly Shores Station will be temporarily suspended while Broadway is closed. Detour routes are coordinated with the City of Beverly Shores and will be posted during these road closures. Central Ave is scheduled to close July 5 for 14 days.

Road closure: Broadway to Beverly Shores. Click here for details.

Road closure: Kemil Road. Click here for details.

Road closure: central avenue. Click here for more details.

CITY OF PINES SECTOR

NICTD owns the property just west of County Line Road north of US 12 in the town of Pines where a brick company once stood. NICTD’s construction management company, WSP, has a temporary (trailer) construction office at this location. Walsh/Herzog Joint Venture, the prime contractor for the Double Track project, also has various trailers on site. The lot was closed by Walsh/Herzog Joint Venture. There are many vehicles coming and going from this property.

NIPSCO began replacing poles along the tracks in this area in early June.

Installation of several culverts, large and small, began in early March at locations primarily west of Beverly Shores (one is east of Beverly Shores). Residents can expect equipment to move and vehicles to enter and exit Highway 12 and secondary roads through the culvert facilities. Culvert work is expected to be completed in July.

Road Closed: US 12 / County Line Road. Click here for more details.

MICHIGAN CITY – 10TH AND 11TH STREET AREA

Track construction is underway at the east end of the Double Track project in Michigan City (Michigan Blvd is the east boundary of the project).

The historic 11th Street station has been demolished and foundation removal is complete. The block is fenced and portions of the sidewalk are closed to allow work to continue. Pedestrians should use the south side of 11th Street. The new foundation of the northern boarding platform is under construction from May 2022.

Construction on 11th Street began on February 28, 2022, which included a complete closure of 11th Street itself. Michigan City residents can expect north/south street closures that progress west as construction progresses, with signs indicating which streets will be closed and when. Residents, businesses and other owners are also notified of any work that will impact entry/exit to their particular site.

Installation of overhead catenary poles is underway in the right-of-way south of 10th Street.

Comcast will splice its utilities to Tennessee and 11th Street on the night of June 17.

Additional road closure details:

On February 28, 2022, Walsh/Herzog (WH) closed 11th Street from Chicago Street to Michigan Boulevard. This closure is necessary to build the two new tracks of the South Shore Line, create an isolated rail right-of-way, and improve public safety along 10th and 11th Streets.

Per the 2016 agreement with Michigan City, the intersection of 11th Street with the following streets will be permanently closed and configured as cul-de-sacs per the final approved design.

– Elston Street

– Manhattan Street

– Buffalo Street

– Pine Street

– Spring Street

– Cedars Street

– York Street

– Maple Street

The intersection of 11th Street with subsequent streets will only be closed as needed to construct work across the intersections.

– Chicago Street

– Ohio Street

– Wabash Street

– Washington Street

– Franklin Street

– Rue La Fayette

– Oak Street

It is currently anticipated that two closures of each of these intersections will be required, with each closure lasting approximately two to three weeks.

To maintain traffic flow in the north-south direction beyond 11th Street, the following constraints will be implemented by Walsh/Herzog:

Tennessee Street will remain open when Ohio Street is closed until the Ohio Street crossing is reopened.

Wabash St, Washington St and Franklin St intersections will only be closed one at a time.

Lafayette St and Oak St intersections will also only be closed one at a time.

Michigan Boulevard will remain open for the duration of the project.

The intersections at 11th and Franklin were converted from a red light to a stop sign configuration during construction. Construction on 10th Street will take place south of the existing roadway, where the two new lanes will be installed. Upon completion, the current 10th Street lanes will be removed and the roadway repaired.

On June 6, the intersection of Washington Street and 11th Street was closed and will remain closed for 30 days for construction of the new north lane. Franklin Street and Wabash Street will remain open while Washington Street is closed to provide north-south access across 11th Street.

After the Washington Street closure is complete, Wabash Street will be closed at 11th Street to construct the new north lane through this intersection. Washington is expected to close for about 30 days on July 5. Information on road closures will be updated as work progresses.

The City is currently working with developer Flaherty & Collins to evaluate other transit-oriented (TOD) development options for the block bounded by 10th, 11th, Franklin and Pine Streets. Plans for this development are underway. Questions should be directed to the City of Michigan City for the TOD effort.

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