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Toll Road work expected to be completed by Thanksgiving

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The ITR Concession Company is announcing that construction on the Indiana Toll Road will be substantially complete for the season in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

That includes work on the Lake Station exit 21 (I-80/94) and LaPorte exit 49 (Ind. 39), which are scheduled to re-open Friday, Nov. 18.

Several other lane restrictions and bridge projects will also conclude, ITR said “Thanksgiving signifies the halting of a majority of Indiana Toll Road projects.”

The interchange and bridge rehabilitations are part of ITR’s 80/90 PUSH project, a $200 million investment which will rehabilitate and upgrade more than 70 miles of roadway from Lake Station to Elkhart (mile markers 20-93). With the completion of work on Friday, the project’s general contractor, Rieth-Riley Construction, will have repaved nearly 205 out of 292 total miles.

That puts mainline paving at 70-percent completion and the overall project--including bridges and interchanges--at 45-percent completion.

“We are very pleased at the progress being made by Rieth-Riley, and couldn’t have asked for a better partner to help lead us through the largest project ever undertaken by the Indiana Toll Road,” said Zach Hurst, ITR infrastructure director. “We also want to thank all the drivers for their patience and cooperation during this disruptive but necessary investment in road safety.”

The exit 21 I-80/94 east- and westbound ramps have been closed since July for rehabilitation and exit 49 has been closed since mid-October.

The statuses of all current 80/90 PUSH projects:

* Lake Station Exit 21: scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 18.

* Mile marker 20-21 EB: scheduled to open Wednesday, Nov. 16.

* Mile marker 38-39: Toll Road mainline restrictions will be lifted for the Thanksgiving holiday, but work will be ongoing into December. U.S. Highway 421 will remain one-lane traffic.

* LaPorte exit 49: Scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 18, with possible lane closures after Thanksgiving.

* Mile marker 52: Fail Road scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 18, with possible lane closures after Thanksgiving.

* Mile marker 65: Chicago Trail scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 18.

* Mile markers 76-77: lane restrictions will be periodic as weather permits to perform bridge widening and sub-structure work, through Memorial Day 2017.


Posted 11/18/2016




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