South Shore Line (NICTD) Double Track NWI Project Construction Update

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The following is a construction update for the South Shore Line NWI project:

GARY-MILLER STATION AREA

All buildings were demolished for the construction of the station and parking lots at Miller. Work is underway on the new east lot. Parking is available but temporarily restricted while work near Miller Station progresses. Vehicle and pedestrian access from Melton Road (US 20) is closed, the driveway from the old US 12/Dunes Hwy will remain open with some lane restrictions until September 14, 2022. Construction activities may take place on the shoulder of the old US 12/Dunes Hwy.

Construction of the new Miller Station began in August at the southwest corner of Lake Street and Highway 12 (Dunes Hwy).

Tennessee and Ohio streets in Gary closed on August 25, 2022 for 47 days. There is a phased traffic maintenance plan for this work. Click here for more details.

NICTD’s Double Track 3 contract, awarded to Hasse Construction, includes the construction of the new east parking lot site (east of McDonald’s). Construction of the new lot began in March. NIPSCO is moving utilities along Melton Rd.

To accommodate construction of the new rail line, buses between Gary Metro Center and Carroll Ave. are currently in effect for passengers on all trains on weekdays and weekends. Bus service from Gary Metro to Carroll Ave. operates on the regular SSL train schedule. Loop bus service is provided to Michigan City 11th St. (bus stop located at 920 Franklin St.) and Beverly Shores Station. Loop buses do not run on regular SSL train schedules. Please visit https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/news/item/395-long-term-busing-between-carroll-ave-dune-park-stations-effective-feb-28-2022 for the full loop bus schedule. These passengers will be bussed to Dune Park or Carroll Ave., where they can board the next scheduled SSL train/bus. Bicycles are prohibited from boarding between South Bend Airport and East Chicago stations for the duration of the bus.

Effective September 15, 2022, Miller Station, including the Miller parking lot and bus stop, will be temporarily relocated to 6021 Melton Rd., Gary, IN. Due to construction work, the existing Miller station and its parking lot will be temporarily inaccessible starting September 15.

INDOT’s US 20 Complete Streets Project in Gary:

This project is separate from Double Track. In the spring of 2022, INDOT launched its “Complete Streets” project, which includes the reconstruction of Melton Rd east and west of Lake St. as well as sidewalks and plantings. Any questions regarding the INDOT project should be directed to 855-463-6848.

PORTAGE STATION/OGDEN DUNES AREA

Construction of the new Portage/Ogden Dunes South parking lot at the Double Track project began in March 2022 and is expected to be completed in September 2022. The new lot will remain closed until rail service resumes.

To accommodate construction of the new rail line, buses between Gary Metro Center and Carroll Ave. are temporarily in effect until spring 2023 for passengers on all trains on weekdays and weekends. Bus service from Gary Metro to Carroll Ave. operates on the regular SSL train schedule. Loop bus service is provided to Michigan City 11th St. (bus stop located at 920 Franklin St.) and Beverly Shores Station. Loop buses do not run on regular SSL train schedules. Please visit: https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/news/item/426-revised-long-term-busing-between-carroll-ave-gary-metro-center-stations for the full loop bus schedule. These passengers will be bussed to Dune Park or Carroll Ave., where they can board the next scheduled SSL train/bus. Bicycles are prohibited from boarding at South Bend Airport and Dune Park stations for the duration of the bus. Bikes are permitted as provided from east Chicago and west.

DUNE PARK STATION AREA  

Fiber works are underway next to the Dune Park platforms.

Waverly Road is expected to be temporarily closed for 5 days on September 12. Additional information will be provided shortly.

To accommodate construction of the new rail line, buses between Gary Metro Center and Carroll Ave. are temporarily in effect until spring 2023 for passengers on all trains on weekdays and weekends. Bus service from Gary Metro to Carroll Ave. operates on the regular SSL train schedule. Loop bus service is provided to Michigan City 11th St. (bus stop located at 920 Franklin St.) and Beverly Shores Station. Loop buses do not run on regular SSL train schedules. Please visit: https://www.mysouthshoreline.com/news/item/426-revised-long-term-busing-between-carroll-ave-gary-metro-center-stations for the full loop bus schedule. These passengers will be bussed to Dune Park or Carroll Ave., where they can board the next scheduled SSL train/bus. Bicycles are prohibited from boarding at South Bend Airport and Dune Park stations for the duration of the bus. Bikes are permitted as provided from east Chicago and west.

DUNE ACRES AREA

Installation of several culverts, large and small, began in early March at locations primarily west of Beverly Shores (one is east of Beverly Shores). Residents can expect equipment to move and vehicles to enter and exit Highway 12 and secondary roads through the culvert facilities. Culvert work is expected to be completed by mid-September.

BEVERLY SHORES STATION AREA  

Installation of several culverts, large and small, began in early March at locations primarily west of Beverly Shores (one is east of Beverly Shores). Residents can expect equipment to move and vehicles to enter and exit Highway 12 and secondary roads through the culvert facilities. Culvert work is expected to be completed by mid-September.

Construction of the two new low-level platforms at Beverly Shores station is expected to be completed by mid-September. Installation of large girders for the NICTD catenary system east and west of Broadway continues. Track, overhead cable and fiber work will continue in the general area until mid-September.

CITY OF PINES SECTOR  

NICTD owns the property just west of County Line Road north of US 12 in the town of Pines. NICTD’s construction management company, WSP, has a construction (trailer) office at this location. Walsh/Herzog Joint Venture, the prime contractor for the Double Track project, also has various trailers on site. The lot was closed by Walsh/Herzog Joint Venture. There are many vehicles coming and going from this property.

Installation of several culverts, large and small, began in early March at locations primarily west of Beverly Shores (one is east of Beverly Shores). Residents can expect equipment to move and vehicles to enter and exit Highway 12 and secondary roads through the culvert facilities. Culvert work is expected to be completed by mid-September.

MICHIGAN CITY – 10TH AND 11TH STREET AREA

Track construction is underway at the east end of the Double Track project in Michigan City (Michigan Blvd is the east boundary of the project).

Construction on 11th Street began on February 28, 2022, which included a complete closure of 11th Street itself that will continue through mid-November 2022. Michigan City residents can expect closures of north/south streets that progress west as construction progresses, with signs indicating which streets will be closed and when. The site of the future 11th Street station and transit-oriented development is the block bounded by 10th, 11th, Franklin, and Pine streets. This block is currently fenced and portions of the sidewalk are closed to allow work to continue.

For details on future road conditions after construction, click here.

Installation of overhead catenary poles is underway in the right-of-way south of 10th Street.

  • The intersections at 11th and Franklin were converted from a red light to a stop sign configuration during construction. Construction on 10th Street will take place south of the existing roadway, where the two new lanes will be installed. Upon completion, the current 10th Street lanes will be removed and the roadway repaired.

Willard Ave is closed from July 20 to September 22 to build the new north lane through this intersection.

Tennessee Street is scheduled to reopen on September 12.

Wabash Street closed on August 4 to build the new north lane through the intersection and is expected to reopen around September 27. Franklin Street and Washington Street remain open while Wabash Street is closed to provide north-south access across 11th Street. Information on road closures will be updated as work progresses.

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