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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3000 on: January 14, 2024, 06:21:41 PM »

Our arrogant Republican super-majority in the Indiana General ASSembly has little better to do than to try and micromanage transportation policy. One legislator from here in Indianapolis has even filed a bill to outlaw the creation and existence of "Bus Only" lanes on roadways because, in his infinite wisdom, they "discourage" the use of private automobiles by making traffic worse. Shaking my head at such ridiculous demigods and the ignorant fools who elect them and keep them in office.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3001 on: January 14, 2024, 09:49:08 PM »

Our arrogant Republican super-majority in the Indiana General ASSembly has little better to do than to try and micromanage transportation policy. One legislator from here in Indianapolis has even filed a bill to outlaw the creation and existence of "Bus Only" lanes on roadways because, in his infinite wisdom, they "discourage" the use of private automobiles by making traffic worse. Shaking my head at such ridiculous demigods and the ignorant fools who elect them and keep them in office.

I hate getting political here but I completely agree. Let INDOT and Indianapolis DPW determine what is best here. This arrogant senator doesn't have a clue of what he is talking about. So much for "small government"  :banghead:
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3002 on: January 15, 2024, 11:42:32 AM »

Looks like there may also be a bill to ban future construction of J-turns:  https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2024/bills/house/1129/details

Yuck.  Stupid politicians telling engineers how to do their jobs.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3003 on: January 26, 2024, 06:58:45 AM »

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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3004 on: January 26, 2024, 10:21:57 AM »

Is IN 39 on a four-lane ROW here?  (https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219529558310085&set=a.10219529679833123)

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Yes, quite a few overpasses in Indiana were built with expansion in mind.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3005 on: January 26, 2024, 10:52:55 AM »

Is IN 39 on a four-lane ROW here?  (https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10219529558310085&set=a.10219529679833123)

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Yes, quite a few overpasses in Indiana were built with expansion in mind.

IN 23 under the Toll Road is one that was built that way and eventually did expand to 4 lanes.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3006 on: February 04, 2024, 10:12:47 PM »

Looks like there may also be a bill to ban future construction of J-turns:  https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2024/bills/house/1129/details

Yuck.  Stupid politicians telling engineers how to do their jobs.

This bill is dead on arrival...
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3007 on: February 04, 2024, 10:29:11 PM »

Looks like there may also be a bill to ban future construction of J-turns:  https://iga.in.gov/legislative/2024/bills/house/1129/details

Yuck.  Stupid politicians telling engineers how to do their jobs.

If they are anything like engineers in Ohio, they have a tendency to put the speed limit too low. As somebody who goes to South Dakota on occasion, their speed limit is 80. I've driven 80 miles an hour and not completely comfortable because the road beds are so high from the ground on I-90, at least of Sioux Falls. One wrong twitch on the steering wheel, a blowout or a deer playing chicken and it seems like it's a long way down that ditch to careen.

75 is okay on rural interstates with relatively flat land like Ohio and Indiana that don't have a lot of congestion. I drive that speed anyway. What they really need is virtual speed limits. 75, then kick the speed down five mph once the road sensors sense too much traffic. Of course, that will put a crimp in their ticket writing businesses since they're going to have to have proof that the speed limit was what they said it was.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3008 on: February 27, 2024, 12:58:31 AM »

Looking at the March 13th letting, there is a project to replace the Ripley Street (SR 51) bridge over I-80/94 in Lake Station. As part of that project, the interchange itself (exit 15) will go from a cloverleaf to a Parclo A-4, meaning that there will be two new traffic signals on SR 51. Oh, and the exit numbers will change in both directions (I-94 WB- from exits 16 and 15 to just 15 & I-94 EB- from exits 15A-B and 16 to 15A and 15B) as well as new and improved signage on I-94.
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3009 on: February 27, 2024, 06:54:44 AM »

Looking at the March 13th letting, there is a project to replace the Ripley Street (SR 51) bridge over I-80/94 in Lake Station. As part of that project, the interchange itself (exit 15) will go from a cloverleaf to a Parclo A-4, meaning that there will be two new traffic signals on SR 51. Oh, and the exit numbers will change in both directions (I-94 WB- from exits 16 and 15 to just 15 & I-94 EB- from exits 15A-B and 16 to 15A and 15B) as well as new and improved signage on I-94.

So is the exit number where I-80 leaves I-94 to go onto the Indiana Toll Road changing?
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3010 on: February 27, 2024, 03:09:42 PM »

Looking at the March 13th letting, there is a project to replace the Ripley Street (SR 51) bridge over I-80/94 in Lake Station. As part of that project, the interchange itself (exit 15) will go from a cloverleaf to a Parclo A-4, meaning that there will be two new traffic signals on SR 51. Oh, and the exit numbers will change in both directions (I-94 WB- from exits 16 and 15 to just 15 & I-94 EB- from exits 15A-B and 16 to 15A and 15B) as well as new and improved signage on I-94.

So is the exit number where I-80 leaves I-94 to go onto the Indiana Toll Road changing?

 :nod: The exit number to the Toll Road will switch to exit 15B eastbound and exit 15 westbound...
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3011 on: February 27, 2024, 06:10:39 PM »

any links to the plans or a drawing?
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Re: Indiana Notes
« Reply #3012 on: February 27, 2024, 07:18:23 PM »

Looking at the March 13th letting, there is a project to replace the Ripley Street (SR 51) bridge over I-80/94 in Lake Station. As part of that project, the interchange itself (exit 15) will go from a cloverleaf to a Parclo A-4, meaning that there will be two new traffic signals on SR 51. Oh, and the exit numbers will change in both directions (I-94 WB- from exits 16 and 15 to just 15 & I-94 EB- from exits 15A-B and 16 to 15A and 15B) as well as new and improved signage on I-94.

Even if it isn’t the full vision of what the entire Toll Road/Indiana 51 interchange reconstruction originally was, I can already see the benefits of converting the Ripley Street cloverleaf.

It would eliminate the conflicts between traffic entering I-80/94 westbound from the Toll Road AND Ripley Street northbound, and traffic on I-80/94 westbound looking to exit southbound on Ripley Street. A massive struggle during rush hour that can affect the through lanes. It can also create safer and longer acceleration lanes if they build this A4 parclo in the same style as Grant Street and Broadway (C/D style before all traffic merges on the mainline).

As long as they do a C/D eastbound, it can filter out traffic entering the Toll Road from I-80/94 eastbound and traffic entering from Ripley Street Southbound.

The existing ramp from I-94 west to the Toll Road/Ripley Street north can simply be resurfaced and altered to accommodate extra lanes at the end of the ramp, which can save some time and money.

I’m curious to see when this project will take place.

Moving on…

Colorado Street is now closed at the Canadian National Railroad crossing just north of the 69th Avenue roundabout, as work begins to convert the at-grade crossing to an overpass. The closure is in place until June 2025. Local traffic can use 69th Avenue to Mississippi Street and 61st Avenue to detour (inverse order for the opposite direction). Indiana 51 would be another viable alternative, but…

Indiana 51 will be closed to repair the Deep River bridge (located between 61st Avenue and US 30), due to be reopen in August. I-65 between US 30 and I-80/94 will be the detour for this closure, as well as the next one…

The intersection at Indiana 51 and Indiana 130 (south split at Cleveland Street in Hobart) will soon be closed as the lighted intersection will be converted to a single-lane roundabout. Work is set to be completed by this fall.

The South Shore Double Track project is nearing its end. The section between Gary and Dune Park is open to test trains as they test track integrity for speed and traffic density. If all goes well, the line will be open to revenue traffic in May, just in time for summer travel.
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