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