South Shore Line Double Track Project Update, Michigan City Road Closure Details
The first major phase of construction has begun in Michigan City for one of the largest transit investments in Indiana history – expanding, adding a second track and improving the station along a 26.6-mile corridor of the South Shore Line Railroad from Gary to Michigan City.
According to NICTD, the Double Track Northwest Indiana project will improve operational flexibility and reliability, reduce delays and travel times, improve safety and promote economic development opportunities in the region.
Major construction will begin in Michigan City at the east end of 11th Street and Michigan Blvd., and move west, according to Walsh/Herzog Joint Venture, the entity manage the largest construction contract.
Construction on 11th Street begins Monday, February 28. The project provides weekly updates to Mayor Parry and city staff, including police, fire and county emergency response teams, to make sure everyone is ready for the job ahead. NICTD lists planned construction activities on the project website each week at www.doubletrack-nwi.com/construction/next-not.
“NICTD encourages residents to bookmark this webpage when planning so they can make sure they have the most up-to-date information,” said Nicole Barker, NICTD Double Track NWI Project Manager.
Michigan City residents can expect north/south westbound street closures, with street signs indicating which streets will be closed and when. Residents, businesses and other property owners will also be notified of any work that will impact entry/exit to their particular site.
On Monday, February 28, Walsh/Herzog will close 11th Street at Chicago Street in Michigan Boulevard. This closure is necessary to build the two new tracks, create an isolated railway line the right-of-way and improve public safety along 10th and 11th streets.
- In accordance with the 2016 NICTD agreement with Michigan City, the intersection of 11th Street with the following streets will be permanently closed and configured as a cul-de-sac:
o Elston Street
o Manhattan Street
o Buffalo Street
o Rue des Pins
o Spring Street
o Cedar Street
o York Street
o Maple Street
- The intersection of 11th Street with the following streets will only be closed as needed to build the work through the intersections.
o Chicago Street
o Ohio Street
o Wabash Street
o Washington Street
o Franklin Street
o Rue Lafayette
o Oak Street
It is currently anticipated that two closures of each of these intersections will be required each closure lasting approximately two to three weeks.
- To maintain the flow of traffic in the north/south direction beyond 11th Street, the following measures
constraints will be implemented by Walsh/Herzog:
o Tennessee Street will remain open when Ohio Street is closed until the Ohio Street crossing is closed.
reopened. This was coordinated with the Michigan City Fire Department and
Mayor Parry at a meeting held on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 to provide the City
preferred alternate route for emergency vehicles.
o The intersections of Wabash St, Washington St and Franklin St will only be closed
one at a time.
o Lafayette St and Oak St intersections will also only be closed one at a time.
o Michigan Boulevard will remain open for the duration of the project.
11th and Franklin intersections will change from a red light configuration to a stop sign configuration during construction. Construction on 10th Street will take place south of the existing roadway, where the two new tracks will be installed. At the end of the work, the current tracks 10th Street will be removed and the roadway repaired. Larson-Danielson Construction was awarded the contract to remove the facade of the historic building station building on 11th and Franklin streets. It is being repaired and stored for future re-erection on the large 11th Street station and parking structure. The City is currently working with Flaherty & Collins, a developer, to assess alternative transit-oriented development (TOD) options for the block bounded by 10th, 11th, Franklin and Pine. Plans for this development are underway. Questions should be directed to the City of Michigan City for the TOD effort. NICTD has provided the City of Michigan City with an emergency contact list. Emergencies should be reported using 911.