ELKHART — The Indiana Department of Transportation will be active in Elkhart County this spring and summer.
The two most visible INDOT projects, perhaps, are completion of the S.R. 19 upgrade between Lusher Avenue and Franklin Street and the widening of U.S. 20 east of Elkhart. But the agency's plans don't stop there. Here are other projects in the works here in Elkhart County this construction season, according to INDOT:
- Hot-mix asphalt overlay — that is, resurfacing — of a half-mile stretch of U.S. 33 on either side of the U.S. 20 Bypass in Elkhart.
- Resurfacing of a 4.3-mile section of U.S. 33 from downtown Goshen north to around C.R. 15.
- Upgrade of 43 traffic signals — 34 in Elkhart, seven in Goshen and two in the unincorporated sections of Elkhart County.
- Replacement of the C.R. 4 bridge over Christiana Creek.
Bids for the U.S. 33 projects are to be let July 9 while the traffic signal upgrade work is to be bid May 8. Work is to follow.
Work has already commenced on the final S.R 19 section to be widened per the comprehensive widening and upgrade of the roadway from Lusher Avenue north to Beardsley Avenue. Work started in 2012 and has been completed in stages, with only the Lusher Avenue-Franklin Street segment left.
U.S. 20 is being widened from east of C.R. 17 to S.R. 15 to accommodate heavy traffic. Work started last year, continues this season and will be finished in 2015.
INDOT will also conduct routine maintenance of state roadways across Elkhart County. The agency also has a hand in projects involving local governmental units. Those include construction of the Prairie Street overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad line in Elkhart, construction of a bike and pedestrian lane along Monroe Street to the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen and improvements to the C.R. 3-C.R. 32 crossing north of Wakarusa.
As for longer-term projects, the agency is in the midst of right-of-way acquisition for a planned roundabout at the S.R. 19-S.R. 119 crossing, ahead of the launch of construction next year.