ITR Concession Company, which holds the 75-year lease on the Indiana Toll
Road, has been greenlighted by the Indiana Department of Transportation to
rebuild three aging ramp bridges at the Lake Station interchange, where the
Toll Road, the Borman Expressway, and Ind. 51 converge.
The rebuild will be done within the existing interchange footprint, which
first opened to traffic in 1965, INDOT said.
The project will include the removal or replacement of the bridges’ steel
beams, railings, and crumbling concrete deck. Portions of the existing
abutments and vertical piers will, based on their condition, be replaced or
rehabilitated. And new concrete railings and wider bridge shoulders will be
installed to improve safety.
The three bridges to be replaced:
* Structure BHX-A: A bridge on the westbound entry ramp over the Toll Road
* Structure BHX-B: A bridge on the westbound exit ramp over the Toll Road
* Structure 5262: A bridge over the Borman Expressway for the road
interconnecting to the Toll Road.
ITRCC is expected to bid multiple contracts over the next several months
with construction scheduled to begin in late 2013 or early 2014. The
construction will require several months of temporary ramp closures but
minimal impacts are anticipating to the mainline of the Toll Road with
travel lanes fully open during daylight hours.
ITRCC operates and collects tolls on the 157-mile Indiana Toll Road under a
75-year lease with the Indiana Finance Authority. The Indiana Toll Road
Oversight Board meets quarterly to monitor the ITRCC’s compliance with
strict operating standards in the lease agreement.