Add this to your list of highway work to perhaps avoid: U.S. 20 and Ind. 2 “dogbone” project to begin March 18

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced that work will begin Monday, March 18, 2019, to improve the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ind. 2 east of LaPorte, near Rolling Prairie. Throughout the project, road closures and lane restrictions/reductions will take place. 

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, LaPorte District: “This project will see a ‘dogbone’ interchange built at this location, eliminating the traffic signal and creating a bridge carrying motorists north-south with east-west traffic passing underneath. Roundabouts will be placed at the north and south ends of the newly constructed bridge, creating the so-called ‘dogbone.’

“During the project, the corridor will be closed to north-south (LaPorte to New Carlisle) traffic between CR N 500 E and Oak Knoll Road, while east-west traffic (Michigan City to South Bend) will be one lane in each direction from Oak Knoll Road to CR N 600 E.

“State road detours must use state-maintained roads only. Drivers wanting to leave LaPorte on State Road 2 must instead detour north on U.S. 35, then north on State Road 39 and east on U.S. 20 back to the U.S. 20/SR 2 intersection. Drivers who would be approaching the U.S. 20/SR 2 intersection from the New Carlisle side must instead use the U.S. 20/U.S. 31 bypass (St. Joseph Valley Parkway) by traveling south on the bypass, then west on SR 2 to reach the U.S. 20/SR 2 intersection.

“The project is expected to wrap up in mid-November.”

13 Responses to “Add this to your list of highway work to perhaps avoid: U.S. 20 and Ind. 2 “dogbone” project to begin March 18”

  1. Jonathon Dough

    Mar 12. 2019

    I believe the detour your referencing is for commercial truck traffic, not all traffic.

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  2. Jim Naysium

    Mar 13. 2019

    This won’t work. Avoid this area like the plague. Or the Swine Flu. Or the measles. Your choice

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  3. Lynn Lisarelli

    Mar 18. 2019

    AVOID IT!!!! There are other county roads you can take to bypass the area in question. Just call up your Google maps and zoom in on the area to find the best ways around this.

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  4. WL

    Mar 19. 2019

    It is for all traffic!!!! Your best bet is to find an alternate route until completion.

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    • Jonathon Dough

      Mar 20. 2019

      The detour referenced IS for commercial truck traffic only. Passenger oriented vehicles are free to drive on any of the county roads in that area. You apparently live on one of the surrounding county roads and don’t like the increased traffic…

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  5. upset

    Mar 19. 2019

    This is a nightmare!!!! Dumb way to spend millions of dollars, it should of been used down the road (hwy 20) a few miles where many lives have been lost.. AVOID THIS AREA NOW AND WHEN IT IS FINISHED GOOD LUCK TRYING TO GET ON TO THESE HIGHWAYS FROM THE SIDE ROADS IT WILL TAKE FOREVER WITH ALL THE TRAFFIC AND THE TRAFFIC LIGHT GONE

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  6. Anonymous

    Mar 19. 2019

    This will be an interesting configuration, to say the least.

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  7. Bob

    Mar 19. 2019

    This seems well thought out seeing as how US35 is closed to commercial traffic. Indiana Highway Department planning at its finest and Superior seems to be milking and over complicating this job as usual.

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  8. jim

    Mar 19. 2019

    90% OF THE PEOPLE ON THE ROAD HAVE NO IDEA BUT THE ROUTE THEY DRIVE EVERYDAY !!!!TRUST ME I HAVE WORKED ROAD CONSTRUCTION FOR 35 YEARS!

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  9. Mickey Rogers

    Mar 20. 2019

    As someone with over twenty years of highway and right-of-way experience, this is actually a pretty smart solution to a long-festering problem of safety at this intersection. Roundabouts are proving to be safer and more efficient alternatives to signals.

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  10. I thought the “dogbone” was just temporary during construction.

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