INDOT to Award Community Crossing Grants This Fall

Local and county government agency officials are waiting patiently to learn if their road projects will be accepted for grant funds through the state’s Community Crossings grant program.

The competition for grant funds ramped up this year as the state dropped the local match requirement for all applications to 25 percent. Several more municipalities and city government agencies were able to submit requests this year as the local match made a $1 million grant more affordable for some.

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Lane Closures Expected for Spot Paving on U.S. 6

Indiana Department of Transportation crews will be repairing and repaving sections of U.S. 6 between U.S. 31 and State Road 106 in Marshall County beginning Friday, July 28 through Monday, July 31.

Officials say U.S. 6 will be open to all through traffic, but restricted to one lane in both directions. Drivers should be aware that delays may occur and extra time should be allowed for travel in this area.

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Road Work Planned Today, Watch for Closures

Plymouth-Goshen Trail in Marshall County will be closed as crews work to crack seal the road. Marshall County Highway Supervisor Jason Peters said the work will be done from city limits to U.S. 30 over the next couple of days. The road is being prepared for chip and seal work.

Peters said the chip and seal work will be done on several county roads and will take approximately one month to complete. He urges motorists to drive carefully on these roads with the new surface. Reduce your speed and drive with care so the loose road surface doesn’t cause damage to vehicles.

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U.S. 31 Project to be Complete in November

Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation are working on a resurfacing project on U.S. 31 from State Road 10 to 13th Road in Marshall County.

According to INDOT Media Relations Director Doug Moats, the passing lane is being milled and underdrains are being installed. Workers are also preparing the subsurface with patching. This part of the process should be complete in two weeks, depending on the weather. Once that is complete, crews will start paving the passing lane. The passing lane should be complete by the end of July.

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Bridge, Culvert Work to Cause Traffic Delays in Marshall County

Crews from the Indiana Department of Transportation will be working to rehabilitate the bridge over Lincoln Highway, the Conrail Railroad tracks and 10th Road between 9A Road and 11th Road in Marshall County. That project begins Wednesday, July 5 and will continue through the end of September, assuming the project is kept to schedule.

As a result of this construction work, U.S. 31 in this area will be restricted to one southbound and one northbound lane at the bridge. INDOT crews urge drivers to drive in the area with care, obey posted speed limits and signs, and be alert for construction workers and equipment.

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Road Construction Takes a Holiday

Road crews will take a break during the Independence Day holiday.

Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation say road work will cease until the morning hours of Wednesday, July 5. Road restrictions will be removed in select areas to ease the flow of traffic during the holiday. Some closures and restrictions will remain on larger projects. Contractors will reposition barriers and barricades to accommodate the increase in traffic.

Traffic and road conditions plus construction information on state highways can be accessed online at http://indot.carsprogram.org or call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623).

Local police officers and state police troopers will be out in full force targeting impaired drivers. Sobriety checkpoints, roving patrols and saturation patrols are planned.

State Road 17 Project on Schedule

The State Road 17 resurfacing project in Marshall County is on schedule.

According to INDOT Media Relations Director Doug Moats, the project manager indicates that side street approaches will be done by the end of the day today and all main line paving in Plymouth city limits is complete.

The surface paving project south of Plymouth will resume on Monday, June 19 and will be complete by Friday, June 23.

Parking space striping will soon be done by the Plymouth Street Department.

Venue Change for Intersection Improvement Public Hearing

A public information meeting to gather comments on the proposed J-turn intersection on U.S. 31 at State Road 10 and State Road 110 in Marshall County has changed venues.

INDOT will now hold the Tuesday, June 20 meeting at the Argos Town Hall at 201 W. Walnut Street. The open house will begin at 6 p.m. with the formal presentation at 6:30 p.m. INDOT representatives will answer any questions pertaining to this proposed project.

According to INDOT, J-turn intersections enhance safety by preventing direct crossing and left turn movements. These types of intersections are generally limited to locations where the main road has four or more through lanes divided by a median. They are meant to improve the ability of traffic to cross a multilane divided highway from a crossroad, and reduce the number of traffic signal phases.

For more information, contact the La Porte District Office Customer Service Center at 1-855-464-6368.

Road Work on State Road 331 to Begin Monday

Chip seal work will close a section of State Road 331 between Bourbon and State Road 25 in Marshall County beginning on Monday.

Chip sealing helps preserve the existing road surface by protecting it from moisture, ultraviolet degradation, and other damaging exposures.

INDOT officials say the work will continue through Friday, June 16, but that timeline may adjust due to weather.

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Public Information Meeting Set for Proposed Intersection Improvement

Indiana Department of Transportation officials will hold a public information meeting on the proposed J-turn intersection on U.S. 31 at State Road 10 and State Road 110 in Marshall County.

According to INDOT, J-turn intersections enhance safety by preventing direct crossing and left turn movements. These types of intersections are generally limited to locations where the main road has four or more through lanes divided by a median. They are meant to improve the ability of traffic to cross a multilane divided highway from a crossroad, and reduce the number of traffic signal phases.

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Marshall County Officials Set to Attend INDOT Meeting

Officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a meeting at the La Porte District office to inform city, town and county officials about how to utilize the Community Crossings Local Road and Bridge Matching Grant Fund. More specific information will be given about projects eligible for funding, how to submit projects for matching funds, deadlines for project submissions, timelines for distributing funds and development of an asset manager plan.

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Milling and Paving Project to Impact Michigan Road in Plymouth

Traffic on Michigan Street in Plymouth will slow as road crews from Walsh and Kelly, Inc. will mill and pave the road for two weeks beginning Monday, May 22.

According to Doug Moats from the Indiana Department of Transportation, crews are finishing ADA sidewalk ramps and will start the road paving project on Monday. The project will begin on 7C Road and work south on Michigan Street.

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Bourbon Town Council to Attend Community Crossings Meeting

Members of the Bourbon Town Council will make an effort to attend informational meetings concerning the Community Crossings Grant on Wednesday, May 31.

The meeting conducted by staff members from INDOT’s LaPorte District office will release information about what projects are eligible for grant funding, how to submit projects for matching funds, deadlines for project submissions, timelines for distributing funds and development of an asset manager plan.

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Be Aware of Construction Workers in Work Zones

April marks the beginning of the highway construction season. The Indiana Department of Transportation urges motorists to slow down in construction zones.

This will be a busy road construction season. INDOT will oversee more than 300 construction contracts totaling more than $1 billion in capital investment. Pavement resurfacing will encompass 3,047 miles. Work will focus on improving traffic mobility and safety. Dozens of interchanges and intersections will be improved across the state. INDOT and its contractors will also rehabilitate or construct 486 bridges and small structures.

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