South Shore Line Double Track NWI project construction update

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The following is an update from NICTD on the construction of NWI’s dual track South Shore Line (NICTD) project which is still ongoing:

GARY-MILLER STATION AREA

All buildings were demolished for the construction of the train station and parking lots in Miller. New sewer work is being carried out in the West and East car parks. Parking is available but temporarily restricted while work progresses near Miller Station. Vehicle and pedestrian access from Melton Road (US 20) will be closed, the on-ramp from Old US 12/Dunes Hwy will remain open with some lane restrictions. Construction activity may occur on the shoulder of Old US 12/Dunes Hwy.

7th Avenue was closed between Floyd and Lake Streets beginning Thursday, May 19 for sewer laying work. Local access is allowed between Floyd and Hamilton. Work is expected to be completed by June 30th but may continue until July 19th if necessary. Lane restrictions will be in place on Old US 12, but access to Miller Station will be maintained. Click here for a detour map.

NIPSCO Contractors (ARC American) will be working on overhead electrical lines at US 12 near Alabama Street from June 13th to July 1st.

NIPSCO’s electrics team may have regular lane closures on Melton Road east of Lake Street throughout June to hold pilings to support the INDOT US 20 Complete Streets Project sewer mains.

NICTD’s Double Track Contract 3 awarded to Hasse Construction includes the construction of the new east (east of McDonald’s) car park which has been fenced off. The construction of the new eastern property started in March. NIPSCO relocates utilities along Melton Rd.

INDOT’s US 20 Complete Streets project in Gary:

This project is independent of Double Track. In Spring 2022, INDOT embarked on its Complete Streets project, which includes the rebuilding of Melton Rd east and west of Lake St., as well as sidewalks and planting. Any questions related to INDOT’s project should be directed to 855-463-6848.

PORTAGE/OGDEN DUNES STATION AREA

NIPSCO’s electrical team is expected to complete work east of the Portage/Ogden Dunes station by fall 2022. These works may require short-term lane restrictions and railroad flags.

Installation of a new pedestrian signal is scheduled for Hillcrest Rd at Ogden Dunes Station in mid-June. This work will require temporary lane closures at the intersection of Hillcrest Rd and US 12.

Construction of the new Portage/Ogden Dunes South car park on the Double Track project began in March 2022.

DUNE PARK STATION AREA

The expansion of the east parking lot has been completed.

DUNE ACRES AREA

Installation of several large and small culverts 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 Route 12 and byways in the culvert installations. The culvert work is expected to be completed in July.

BEVERLY SHORES STATION AREA

Installation of several large and small culverts 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 Route 12 and byways in the culvert installations. The culvert work is expected to be completed in July.

Walsh/Herzog began removing the existing low-level platform during the week of May 16 and began construction of the two new low-level platforms at Beverly Shores Station. Beginning June 8, large girders for the NICTD catenary system will be installed east and west of Broadway. Track, catenary and fiber optic work will continue in the general area in May and June.

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

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

Road closure: Kemil Road. Click here for details.

Road closure: Central Avenue. Click here for details.

CITY OF THE PINE AREA

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

NIPSCO will replace piles along the tracks in this area in early June.

Installation of several large and small culverts 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 Route 12 and byways in the culvert installations. The culvert work is expected to be completed in July.

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

MICHIGAN CITY – 10TH AND 11TH STREET AREA

Track construction is underway at the eastern end of the dual track project in Michigan City (Michigan Blvd is the eastern project boundary).

The historic 11th Street train station was demolished and foundation removal completed. The block is fenced off and portions of the sidewalk are closed to allow work to proceed. Pedestrians must use the south side of 11th Street. From May 2022, the foundations of the new north boarding platform will be erected.

Construction on 11th Street began on February 28, 2022, which entailed a complete closure of 11th Street itself. Michigan City residents can expect northbound and southbound road closures progressing west as construction continues, with signage indicating which streets will be closed and when. Residents, businesses and other property owners will also be notified of any work affecting entry/exit for their specific site.

Installation of the catenary poles is underway in the driveway south of 10th St.

Additional road closure details:

On February 28, 2022, Walsh/Herzog (WH) closed 11th Street from Chicago Street to Michigan Boulevard. This closure is required to construct the two new South Shore Line tracks, create an isolated railroad lane, and improve public safety along 10th and 11th Streets.

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

– Elston Street

– Manhattan street

– Buffalo Street

– Pine Street

– Spring Street

– Cedar Street

– York Street

– Maple Street

The intersection of 11th Street with the following streets will not be closed unless necessary for construction across the intersection.

– Chicago street

– Ohio Street

– Wabash Street

– Washingtonstr

– Franklin Street

– Lafayette Street

– Oak Street

It is currently believed that two closures will be required at each of these crossings, with each closure lasting around two to three weeks.

To maintain north-south traffic flow past 11th Street, the following Walsh/Herzog restrictions are implemented:

Tennessee St will remain open when Ohio St is closed until the Ohio Street intersection reopens.

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

The Lafayette St and Oak St intersections will also only be closed individually.

Michigan Boulevard will remain open throughout the project.

The intersections at 11th and Franklin were converted from a traffic light to a stop sign configuration during construction. Construction of 10th Street will occur south of the existing roadway where the two new tracks will be installed. Upon completion of the work, the current track at 10th Street will be removed and the roadway repaired.

The intersection of 11th Street and Franklin Street was closed on May 2 for construction of the new north track through the intersection. The crossing reopened on June 6. Washington Street is now closed for 30 days beginning June 6th. Franklin Street and Wabash Street will remain open during the Washington Street closure to allow north-south access via 11th Street.

Upon completion of the Washington Street closure, Wabash Street at 11th Street will be closed in order to build the new north lane through this intersection. Washington is expected to close for about 30 days on July 5. Road closure information will be updated as the work progresses.

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

NICTD has provided the City of Michigan City with an emergency response contact list. Emergencies should be reported to 911.

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