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Construction at the intersection of C.R. 16/Indiana Avenue and S.R. 19 is pictured on May 24 as part of an ongoing upgrade of S.R. 19. (AP)
Old U.S. 33 to close west of S.R. 19 as part of road project

Posted on July 29, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on July 29, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

ELKHART — Old U.S. 33 will close just west of S.R. 19 starting Tuesday, July 30, as the ongoing S.R. 19 upgrade enters a new phase.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said in a statement Monday, July 29, that the closure will last about 50 days, until around Sept. 20, weather permitting. Old U.S. 33, a connector further west into St. Joseph County, becomes Franklin Street on the east side of S.R. 19, but that street isn’t impacted by Tuesday’s plans.

Per the S.R. 19 plans, the Old U.S. 33 connection to S.R. 19 will be shifted north 150 feet, farther from the railroad underpass south of the crossing. That will create more space for northbound cars turning left from S.R. 19 at the crossing.

Also, LaRue Street, which now connects to Old U.S. 33 just west of S.R. 19, will be closed with a cul-de-sac there. The S.R. 19-Old U.S. 33-Franklin Street crossing, moreover, will face other tweaks to improve motorist and pedestrian safety and traffic flow, INDOT said.

Per the official detour, motorists wanting to travel west on Old U.S. 33 will have to instead take S.R. 19 north to Lexington Avenue and take that roadway west, continuing on it when it turns into Old U.S. 20. Then at Ash Road, they’ll turn south, traveling back to Old U.S. 33.

Per the S.R. 19 upgrade, which started last year, a new center turn lane is being added to much of the roadway between Lusher and Beardsley avenues.