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.
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.
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.