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Great Lakes Roads:
From the INDOT Northwest Facebook page:

"Project Update - State Road 49 in Porter County

We never like being the bearers of bad news, so let's rip the Band-Aid off quick - the lane closures on State Road 49 north of State Road 2 in Valparaiso are here to stay through approximately July of 2022.
 
During the bridge deck overlay project that was set to end this month, it was discovered that the State Road 49 bridges over Evans Ave and Grand Truck Western Railroad were in much worse condition than originally thought. These unforeseen circumstances led to a change in the scope of the project, and we will now be doing total deck replacements for both bridges. Due to this change, there was not enough time left in the 2021 construction season to both design and construct the new bridge decks so that work will take place in spring/summer of 2022.

We know many people will ask "can't you open up the lanes for winter?!", but unfortunately, the answer is no due to safety concerns. The poor condition of the deteriorating bridge decks means that lane closures will need to remain in place until the full deck replacements can be completed.

Safety is at the forefront of everything we do here at INDOT so we hope you will understand why these decisions have been made (although we totally support that you don't have to like it)."

silverback1065:

--- Quote from: Great Lakes Roads on October 22, 2021, 12:03:33 AM ---From the INDOT Northwest Facebook page:

"Project Update - State Road 49 in Porter County

We never like being the bearers of bad news, so let's rip the Band-Aid off quick - the lane closures on State Road 49 north of State Road 2 in Valparaiso are here to stay through approximately July of 2022.
 
During the bridge deck overlay project that was set to end this month, it was discovered that the State Road 49 bridges over Evans Ave and Grand Truck Western Railroad were in much worse condition than originally thought. These unforeseen circumstances led to a change in the scope of the project, and we will now be doing total deck replacements for both bridges. Due to this change, there was not enough time left in the 2021 construction season to both design and construct the new bridge decks so that work will take place in spring/summer of 2022.

We know many people will ask "can't you open up the lanes for winter?!", but unfortunately, the answer is no due to safety concerns. The poor condition of the deteriorating bridge decks means that lane closures will need to remain in place until the full deck replacements can be completed.

Safety is at the forefront of everything we do here at INDOT so we hope you will understand why these decisions have been made (although we totally support that you don't have to like it)."

--- End quote ---

this is the second time i have heard something like this from indot this year regarding a bridge, are they not doing a good job at inspection ?

mukade:
Of course, Valparaiso is smack dab in the middle of the Lake Michigan snow belt so the huge volume of salt used might explain the cause of the premature deterioration.

On a totally different topic:

SR 26 from Rossville to west of Russiaville in Clinton and Howard Counties has been a particularly substandard and dangerous road - especially because it directly connects Lafayette to Kokomo which are only 44 miles apart and so it carries quite a bit of commuter traffic. And BTW, SR 26 here is part of the National Highway System. Recently, INDOT began upgrading the roadway, and the project is documented here (https://www.in.gov/indot/about-indot/central-office/welcome-to-the-crawfordsville-district/sr-26-road-rehabilitation-project-in-clinton-county/).

I noticed that the INDOT "Road Restrictions & Closures" site showed SR 26 in Clinton County as open so today I took a trip up to check out what was done between SR 75 and Rossvile (going westbound). It ended up raining steadily so the part of the road that has not yet been improved had several sections with flooding up to about a foot. One part had water flowing across the road which was clearly causing erosion. At one flooded location, a car had apparently hydroplaned off the road and slid into a utility pole broadside totaling the vehicle. Further along a pickup going the opposite direction hit standing water going pretty fast to the point that it must have done damage.

At Sedalia, the improved road begins and goes to Rossville. The difference as a result of the rebuild is very dramatic and it is a welcome change. The intersection with SR 75 now has left turn lanes eliminating a major hazard there. In the next two years, the two remaining substandard sections will be rebuilt.

tosa:

--- Quote from: mukade on October 25, 2021, 09:35:16 PM ---Of course, Valparaiso is smack dab in the middle of the Lake Michigan snow belt so the huge volume of salt used might explain the cause of the premature deterioration.

On a totally different topic:

SR 26 from Rossville to west of Russiaville in Clinton and Howard Counties has been a particularly substandard and dangerous road - especially because it directly connects Lafayette to Kokomo which are only 44 miles apart and so it carries quite a bit of commuter traffic. And BTW, SR 26 here is part of the National Highway System. Recently, INDOT began upgrading the roadway, and the project is documented here (https://www.in.gov/indot/about-indot/central-office/welcome-to-the-crawfordsville-district/sr-26-road-rehabilitation-project-in-clinton-county/).

I noticed that the INDOT "Road Restrictions & Closures" site showed SR 26 in Clinton County as open so today I took a trip up to check out what was done between SR 75 and Rossvile (going westbound). It ended up raining steadily so the part of the road that has not yet been improved had several sections with flooding up to about a foot. One part had water flowing across the road which was clearly causing erosion. At one flooded location, a car had apparently hydroplaned off the road and slid into a utility pole broadside totaling the vehicle. Further along a pickup going the opposite direction hit standing water going pretty fast to the point that it must have done damage.

At Sedalia, the improved road begins and goes to Rossville. The difference as a result of the rebuild is very dramatic and it is a welcome change. The intersection with SR 75 now has left turn lanes eliminating a major hazard there. In the next two years, the two remaining substandard sections will be rebuilt.

--- End quote ---

I wish SR 26 between Lafayetee and Kokomo can be widened to 4 lanes

cabiness42:

--- Quote from: tosa on October 26, 2021, 01:50:42 PM ---
--- Quote from: mukade on October 25, 2021, 09:35:16 PM ---Of course, Valparaiso is smack dab in the middle of the Lake Michigan snow belt so the huge volume of salt used might explain the cause of the premature deterioration.

On a totally different topic:

SR 26 from Rossville to west of Russiaville in Clinton and Howard Counties has been a particularly substandard and dangerous road - especially because it directly connects Lafayette to Kokomo which are only 44 miles apart and so it carries quite a bit of commuter traffic. And BTW, SR 26 here is part of the National Highway System. Recently, INDOT began upgrading the roadway, and the project is documented here (https://www.in.gov/indot/about-indot/central-office/welcome-to-the-crawfordsville-district/sr-26-road-rehabilitation-project-in-clinton-county/).

I noticed that the INDOT "Road Restrictions & Closures" site showed SR 26 in Clinton County as open so today I took a trip up to check out what was done between SR 75 and Rossvile (going westbound). It ended up raining steadily so the part of the road that has not yet been improved had several sections with flooding up to about a foot. One part had water flowing across the road which was clearly causing erosion. At one flooded location, a car had apparently hydroplaned off the road and slid into a utility pole broadside totaling the vehicle. Further along a pickup going the opposite direction hit standing water going pretty fast to the point that it must have done damage.

At Sedalia, the improved road begins and goes to Rossville. The difference as a result of the rebuild is very dramatic and it is a welcome change. The intersection with SR 75 now has left turn lanes eliminating a major hazard there. In the next two years, the two remaining substandard sections will be rebuilt.

--- End quote ---

I wish SR 26 between Lafayetee and Kokomo can be widened to 4 lanes

--- End quote ---

I've only driven that road during non-commuting hours. Does it get that busy during commuting hours?

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