LaPorte County awarded $78.4 million for highway projects; included are new turn lanes, new intersection along U.S. 20

Highway projects planned in LaPorte County between 2018-22. (INDOT image; click to enlarge)

The Indiana Department of Transportation has awarded LaPorte County $78.4 million to complete a great swath of highway projects between 2018 and 2022. It’s all part of INDOT’s 20-year Next Level Roads Initiative to improve roads and bridges across the state.

Among key projects are 2018 scheduled plans to add turn lanes on accident-plagued U.S. 20 at CR 400 W, and to reconfigure the intersection at U.S. 20 and Ind. 2.    

In the first five years of the program, LaPorte County is scheduled to receive funds to resurface 351 miles of roadway and repair or replace 28 bridges.

State Rep. Jim Pressel, R-Rolling Prairie, said of the funding: “With the numerous accidents occurring on Highway 20, it is critical we address safety concerns on this and other Hoosier roadways. The General Assembly voted to invest in Indiana’s infrastructure, and the work that will be done to our roads and bridges will increase safety while taking Indiana to the ‘next level.’ Over the next five years, LaPorte County will receive more than $78 million and Starke County will receive more than $19 million. This funding will be put toward resurfacing 450 miles of roads, put in new traffic signals and rehabilitate 37 bridges.”

Each LaPorte County project is listed below. (To view a full list of all state projects in the five-year schedule, visit http://www.in.gov/indot/div/nextlevel/.)

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced the program schedule on July 13, 2017. “Our transportation network of roads and bridges plays a major part in Indiana’s success story both now and in the future,” he said in a press release. “With a fully funded plan in place for the next 20 years, Hoosiers can rest assured that Indiana will remain the Crossroads of America for generations to come. I thank our lawmakers for their committed leadership to make this possible, and I commend INDOT for working hard to identify key projects so that we could be ready to roll with this five-year plan so quickly.”

Beyond the five-year list of plans, the Next Level initiative will provide an additional $342 million annually to support Indiana road projects.

INDOT 5-year project list for LaPorte County

Here are particulars for LaPorte County: 5-year investment total — $78,401,144. By year:

2018 $32,917,682

2019 $5,460,648

2020 $21,131,990

2021 $5,466,092

2022 $13,424,732

5-year impact: 351 lane miles resurfaced; 28 bridges rehabilitated or replaced

Project list

2018

I-94 0.77 mi E of US 421, Pipe Lining, $489,000

I-94 1.31 mi E of US 421, Pipe Lining, $273,000

1.2 mi From 1.4 mi E of SR. 4 to US 20, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $9,093,491

SR 8, Bridge Over Hanna Arm, 2.01 mi W of SR 39, Bridge Replacement, Steel, $684,207

US 12 over Trail Creek, 0.21 miles East of US 35, Bridge Deck Overlay, $2,654,647

US 20 From SR 212 to SR 39, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $5,333,000

US 20 From SR 39 to SR 2, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $7,632,000

US 20 at CR 400 W 1.44 mi E of US 35, Intersection Improvement with Added Turn Lanes, $1,235,770

US 35 2.45 mi S of US 6 over the Kankakee River, Bridge Deck Sealing, $17,213

US 35 0.61 mi. S of US-20, Maintenance and Repair, $266,335

US 421/SR 10 (S. Jct) to US 30, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $3,860,000

US 6 From SR 49 to SR 39, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $4,802,089

2019

I-94 3.21 mi E of US 421, Pipe Lining, $345,000

I-94 2.66 mi E of US 421, Pipe Lining, $200,000

I-94 4.56 mi E of US 421, Pipe Lining, $200,000

US 20 Over I-90, 3.60 mi E of SR 39, Bridge Painting, $1,350,000

US 20 at SR 2, New Bridge, $2,000,000

US 20 at SR 2, New Interchange, $11,748,000

US 35, Bridge over RR, Washington Street and 2 other streets, 0.19 miles N of SR 2, Bridge Deck Replacement, $11,784,323

US 35 From SR 2 (in LaPorte) to 0.5mi N of SR 2. Concrete Pavement Restoration, $1,119,486

US 421 From SR 2 (N Jct) to 0.3mi S of I 94 (CR 300 N), Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $1,567,500

US 421 From 0.52 mi N of I-94 (Gruenke Rd) to US 20, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $485,000

2020

US 6 00.38 E of US 35, Arch Repair, $64,088

SR 8 2.79 miles W of SR 39, Maintenance and Repair, $103,000

SR 8 2.54 miles W of SR 39, Maintenance and Repair, $98,000

US 20, Bridge over I-90, Bridge Deck Replacement, $1,678,000

I-94 Over Norris Ditch No 1, 1.19 E US 421, Bridge Deck Overlay, $1,181,034

I-94 Over Norris Ditch No 1, 1.19 E US 421, Bridge Deck Overlay, $1,181,034

I-94, CR 600W over I-94 0.72 W US 20, Bridge Deck Overlay, $1,312,947

I-94, CR 900W over I-94 3.45 E US 20, Bridge Deck Overlay, $1,305,697

I-94 3.81 miles E of US 421, Pipe Lining, $186,800

I-94 East Bound Lane over NICTD, 1.74mi E of US 20, Bridge Painting, $401,785

I-94 West Bound Lane over NICTD, 1.74mi E of US 20, Bridge Painting, $401,785

SR 2 From SR 39 to Burson Ave, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $2,227,563

US 35, Boyd Blvd to SR 2, Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $2,706,347

US 6/SR 2, Intersection Improvement, Roundabout, $1,269,000

2021

SR 4 at GTW RR, 2.79 mi E of SR 104, Bridge Deck Overlay, $606,428

US 20 From SR 2 to 3.95 mi E of SR 2 (LaPorte/St Joseph County Line), Hot Mix Asphalt Overlay, $2,678,103

2022

SR 4 1.8 miles E of SR 104 (0.9 miles W of Taylor Rd), Pipe Replacement, $45,000

US 20 0.65 miles E of SR 39, Pipe Lining/Replacement, $105,000

US 30 at CR 700 W, Pipe Replacement, $50,000

I-94 0.70 miles E of US 421, Pipe Lining, $165,960

SR 104 6.60 miles E of SR 4, Pipe Lining/Replacement, $32,500

SR 212 0.82 miles S of JCT w/US 12, Pipe Lining/Replacement, $55,000

7 Responses to “LaPorte County awarded $78.4 million for highway projects; included are new turn lanes, new intersection along U.S. 20”

  1. Susan Tyburski

    Jul 14. 2017

    No resurfacing of 39? It’s horrible from hwy 20 to the Michigan state line!!

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  2. Keven Putnam a.k.a. mr.pottawattamie park

    Jul 14. 2017

    It’s about time! Can’t wait.

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  3. curt felker

    Jul 14. 2017

    Why do you have to fix everything with a Roundabout? I drive a semi truck for a living and when you fix it with a roundabouts you never make them big enough for a truck to get through. None the less most people in cars never read the signs posted. Do not drive beside a truck in a roundabout.they are just accidents waiting to happen

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    • Donna

      Jul 15. 2017

      I also agree with Curt on the roundabouts. The ones they have purposed for 2 and 20 is insane. Have they even thought about all the “Wide Loads” and farm equipment that go through that intersection? Like a lot of designs, they look good on paper, but in reality they are worthless and a lot of money spent for nothing. Years ago they cut the hill on 2 and 700 E. they didn’t take it down enough, so we still have the same problem of crossing the highway and making the left turn to NPHS.

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  4. Steve

    Jul 16. 2017

    I thought they were going to add a turn lane all the way along Highway 20. It sounds like they are now just going to do it at 400 West. People will be a Sitting Duck if someone crosses the midline as they have in the past during accidents.

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