Governor Announces Rail Overpass Funding Including Hammond, Gary

The rail overpass will be built on Parrish Avenue between 169th and 173rd.

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December 14, 2018-Governor Eric J. Holcomb, Indiana Department of Transportation Commissioner Joe McGuinness, railroad industry leaders and local officials gathered today in Gary to announce the awarding of more than $121 million in one-time, state matching funds for rail crossing safety improvements through INDOT’s Local Trax matching grant. Launched earlier this year, Local Trax provides funds for Indiana cities, towns and counties to competitively pursue high-priority railroad grade separations, crossing closures and other safety enhancements at railroad intersections with local roads according to a statement from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

“Through the Next Level Roads plan and with the support of the General Assembly, we’re making historic improvements to Indiana’s infrastructure from the first mile to the last mile,” Gov. Holcomb said. “Local Trax funding is targeted toward the highest priority rail crossings where accidents have been frequent, chronic congestion has frustrated drivers and rail crossings have limited potential for development. These projects will help solve those challenges.”

According to the statement, Parrish Avenue in Hessville will receive $6.7M in State funding for an overpass which is expected to cost $8.7M:

Community Awarded Funds Project Location Estimated State Matching Funds Estimated Total Project Cost
Hammond Bridge over Norfolk Southern 800 feet E of Parrish Ave., 600 feet N of 173rd St. $6,760,070.00 $8,766,070.00

The program requires local governments to provide only 20 percent of funding for land acquisition and construction, with the state providing the other 80 percent. INDOT will fund and manage design and environmental work, as well as provide project management through design delivery, contract letting, construction and inspection according ot the statement.

“Improving high-traffic rail crossings makes our communities safer, creates opportunities for economic development and boosts quality of life,” INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said. “Through the Local Trax program, community leaders, the state and railroad companies come together as financial partners to improve aging railroad infrastructure throughout Indiana.”

Beyond funds provided by the state and local communities, Norfolk Southern Railway, CSX Transportation and Canadian National are investing a combined nearly $10 million to deliver these local projects.

“Indiana Railway Coalition members are proud to be partners in the Local Trax program,” Indiana Railway Coalition President David Hall said. “Our participation in Local Trax represents our commitment to safe rail operations and being good corporate neighbors in the communities where we operate. We appreciate the strong leadership provided by Gov. Holcomb, the General Assembly and the Department of Transportation in the development of this important program.”

The City of Elkhart would get the most funding under the statewide program, receiving $36M in State funds for two projects estimated to cost of $48M.  The City of Gary would get $15.2M for an overpass at Clark Road near the airport which is expected to cost $19M.  Schererville, Hobart and LaPorte would also see funding under the program.

Community Awarded Funds Project Location Estimated State Matching Funds Estimated Total Project Cost
Elkhart (City) Hively Ave. east of Main St. crossing the Norfolk Southern Railway $15,853,300.00 $19,941,300.00
Elkhart County Sunnyside Ave./Mall Dr at U.S. 33 (Main St.) $20,088,000.00 $29,800,000.00
Gary N. Clark Rd. near airport $15,200,000.00 $19,000,000.00
Hammond Bridge over Norfolk Southern 800 feet E of Parrish Ave., 600 feet N of 173rd St. $6,760,070.00 $8,766,070.00
Hobart Colorado St. over CN/Grand Trunk and Western $7,336,580.00 $9,398,300.00
Kosciusko County Kosciusko Co. C.R. 1300 N extension over Norfolk Southern Railroad and Main Street $7,757,695.00 $9,644,500.00
La Porte Tipton St. to Park St. between State St. and Furnace St. $6,238,880.00 $7,798,600.00
Schererville Kennedy Ave. bridge over Canadian National and Norfolk Southern railways $8,229,340.00 $10,818,100.00
Terre Haute Near intersection of N. 13th St. and 8th Ave. $13,520,000.00 $16,900,000.00
Vanderburgh County Mill Rd. approx. 650 feet W of Kratzville Rd. $6,237,500.00 $7,487,500.00
Wabash N. East St. over the Norfolk Southern Railroad near E. Hill St. $8,560,000.00 $10,700,000.00
Wells County Rerouting of Hoosier Highway in Wells County to connect to Adams Street at Bluffton City Limits $6,019,073.00 $7,313,780.00


  1. Of all the places for an overpass in Hammond,a bridge over the Norfolk Southern tracks 800 feet E of Parrish Ave., 600 feet N of 173rd St would NOT be the most beneficial. But,what do I know?

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