Whoa! Is that a train going down the middle of 45th Street in Munster?
Last year a truly transformative transportation project began in Munster. 45th St (east of Calumet Ave) will be diverted under two railroad tracks which runs parallel on the south side of the road and connected to the south junction of 45th St and Calumet Ave.
Up until recently, the north junction of 45th and Calumet Ave was about 300 yards north of the south junction. The busy railroad tracks meant that this area was one of the most congested intersections in northwest Indiana.
In late October of 2019, a temporary track runaround was completed so that the contractor could excavate and construct a bridge for the original tracks and complete the necessary utility work. In the spring of 2020, the road portion will resume construction.
This $20+ million project includes an underpass, lift station and bike path and brought together several funding sources including local, state, federal and private. This project will substantially be complete by December of 2020.
NIRPC is currently surveying NWI residents, businesses, and travelers on their experience with congestion. NIRPC is updating NWI's Congestion Management Process, which influences the kind of investments and planning NIRPC and INDOT can pursue in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties.
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