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Look for Toll Road lane restrictions early in June

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ITR Concession Company--which leases the Indiana Toll Road--has announced improvements to the Toll Road which will impact traffic on the west end of the road, beginning after the Memorial Day holiday.

Lake Station Interchange

As first announced in October 2013, the Lake Station exit, at mile post 21, has been undergoing an extensive rebuilding. When completed, the interchange will function as it did prior to the project. No permanent removal of any structure is planned.

The first phase of the project involved closing and removing an entire structure from the interchange. That structure remains closed per the original schedule, with a slight delay in completion time due to delays in steel procurement.

The next phase of the project will begin on Monday, June 2, and will affect the bridge over I-80/94. This bridge maintains two directions of traffic, and throughout this project ITRCC will keep one lane of traffic open to still allow vehicles to enter the ITR from either direction on I-80/94.

This restriction will apply only to traffic on the Toll Road which seeks to exit to eastbound I-80/94. Beginning June 2, those motorists will not be able to exit the Toll Road to eastbound 80/94 and should detour at Exit 17 (I-65). This phase of the project is expected to last until November 2014.

Salt Creek Bridge

Meanwhile, construction will begin after Memorial Day on the Salt Creek Bridge, located at mile post 26.5. Crews will be replacing slabs and bearings and performing deck patching and pier patching.

The work will require a reversible lane, which will switch to accommodate the heaviest flow of traffic depending on direction and time of day. Thus, one lane will be available eastbound and two lanes will be available westbound during times of heavy westbound traffic, and vice versa.

With this configuration, ITRCC urges patrons to abide by work zone speed limits and use caution in the area.

The E-ZPass

Indiana’s electronic toll-collection system was successfully implemented along the entire length of the Toll Road in April 2008. E-ZPass transponders may be ordered at or are also available by calling the Customer Service Center at (888) 496-6690. In addition, you can purchase an E-ZPass for two-axle passenger vehicles and motorcycles at any ITR travel plaza or participating CVS pharmacy.



Posted 5/21/2014