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Repave of Indiana 49 begins between here and Valpo

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Driving from Duneland to Valparaiso got more complicated a couple of weeks ago, when INDOT began Phase II of its re-pave of Ind. 49, from the Indiana Toll Road south to U.S. Highway 30.

One lane in each direction--the right lane at the moment--has been closed to traffic, in the same way one lane was closed in each direction last summer in Chesterton, from U.S. Highway 12 to the Toll Road.

But Chesterton isnít out of the woods this season either, inasmuch as the southbound lane closure actually begins well north of the Toll Road: at various times during rush hour last week, the line of vehicles merging at the choke point or waiting to merge extended nearly to Voyage Blvd., roughly three-quarters of a mile north of the Toll Road.

In 2016 motorists looking to avoid the congestion could do a couple of things: take Meridian Road instead; or otherwise take Village Point in Coffee Creek Center to Gateway Blvd., and from Gateway Blvd. turn left onto southbound Ind. 49.

That latter option will not be available this year, however. Thatís because the Lake Erie Land Company is undertaking a major roadwork project of its own this season: first the brick pavers from Coffee Creek Centerís roadways will be removed, then the roads re-surfaced with asphalt.

Phase I of that project--scheduled to begin this week--will leave Kelle Drive/Village Point closed to all traffic from Sidewalk Road to Voyage Blvd., Chesterton Town Engineer Mark OíDell told the Chesterton Tribune today.

Meridian Road remains a viable option for drivers. Another less direct route does as well: C.R. 200E to Tratebas Road to North Calumet Ave., which motorists can then take all the way south to Valparaiso. Or from North Calumet Ave. folks can head west on U.S. Highway 6 and from U.S. 6 merge onto Ind. 49, thereby bypassing the bottleneck north of the Toll Road.


Posted 5/1/2017




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