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Work on Toll Road to ramp up again; look for lane restrictions

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The Indiana Toll Road Concession Company (ITRCC) is announcing lane and interchange closures scheduled in anticipation of continued construction for the 80/90 PUSH Project.

Taking advantage of milder than normal weather conditions, Rieth-Riley Construction will begin placing barriers this weekend, ITRCC said on Wednesday. “This early start is part of an overall strategy to complete as much of the project as possible before the most heavily congested summer travel season.”

Starting Saturday and continuing through the weekend, barriers and lane restrictions will be placed in the following locations:

* Lake and Porter County: mile markers 20-25, 30-34.

* LaPorte County: 48-52, 58.

* St. Joseph County: 67-69, 75-78.

* Elkhart County: 91-93.

Interchange closures:

* Exit number 23: eastbound entrance and westbound exit.

* Exit number 77: eastbound entrance only.

ITRCC is also warning motorists in Porter County about the following likely local road closures while crews are painting Toll Road overpasses: Central Ave. and Swanson Road in Portage, C.R. 400E in Jackson Township.

The full project, which commenced in March 2016, involves the rehabilitation of 73 miles of pavement, including shoulders and ramps as needed; the rehabilitation of 53 bridges; and the installation of a fiber optic cable to support an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). “It is the largest project undertaken by the Toll Road since its original construction in 1954,” ITRCC said.

Achievements from the 2016 work season: 51 miles of interstate rehabilitated, including three interchanges; 875,000 linear feet of fiber optic cable installed; 55,000-plus man-hours worked with zero recordable incidents or injuries; 45 percent of the overall project scope completed.

"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, ITRCC Infrastructure Director Zach Hurst said. “As important as their commitment to quality construction is their commitment to safety, which has long been a core value at ITRCC.”

“ITRCC urges everyone to stay alert and please obey posted construction zone speed limits to maintain a safe environment for construction workers and travelers,” the company said. “The majority of the work will be completed one lane at a time, allowing the other lane to remain open to traffic to minimize traffic disruptions and travel delays.”



Posted 2/16/2017




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