The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is hosting a public meeting to present preliminary design, plans to maintain traffic and the project schedule for the approximately 13-mile stretch of I-65 from State Road 2 to U.S. 30 in Lake County.
The meeting will be held at Crown Point High School, located at 150 S. Main Street, on Thursday, April 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. Central. INDOT and project team representatives will be on hand to speak one-on-one with community members.
INDOT awarded the $62 million Major Moves 2020 contract to Walsh Construction for the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion project between State Road 2 and U.S. 30, including resurfacing the overpasses at 93rd, 113th, 137th and 153rd Avenues. Additionally, the I-65 northbound and southbound bridges over the Kankakee River will be replaced. The project is slated for completion 18 months earlier than previously expected.
A new shoulder will be constructed and the existing lanes restriped on I-65 from U.S. 231 to just south of U.S. 30. The outside shoulder and existing lanes will be resurfaced and a third lane and inside shoulder will be constructed in the median on I-65 just south of S.R. 2 to U.S. 231. In addition, the twin I-65 northbound and southbound Kankakee River bridges will be reconstructed at the Newton County line.
I-65 will remain open to two narrow lanes in each direction during peak times. Intermittent, overnight single-lane closures may occur. To minimize the impact on drivers using local road overpass bridges, construction has been scheduled so that no two consecutive overpasses are restricted at the same time. All construction and maintenance traffic details will be available at the public meeting.
More information about the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion project can be found online at www.I-65Northwest.com.
Drivers in Northwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via the District’s social media channels: www.Facebook.com/INDOTNorthwest or Twitter @INDOTNorthwest. Or visit http://www.trafficwise.in.gov for INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service.