Connectivity 411

Connectivity 411

A Look at INDOT’s Recent Infrastructure Project Updates
By Nick Dmitrovich

Economists have many different ways to quantify things, but they all seem to agree on one thing: infrastructure spending is good for the economy, no matter how it’s analyzed.

For example, the Council of Economic Advisers says that each dollar in infrastructure investment produces $1.50 in GDP growth (or GSP growth at the state level). Moody’s is a bit more generous in estimating the effect at around $1.60. The Congressional Budget Office reports that the impact ranges from $1.00 to $2.50, depending on several factors. Additionally, the San Francisco Fed states that each dollar of infrastructure spending increases GDP by at least $2.00.

However you slice it – the more we build the more we’ll grow. For a state that markets itself as one of the best places in the nation for transporting things from point A to point B, new connections will bring a plethora of new opportunities.

Fortunately, there’s a ton of activity taking place right now. Take a look at some of the recent announcements from INDOT:


Work Begins on I-65 NWI Expansion Project
Cost: $62 million
General Contractor: Walsh Construction

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb joined State Representative Ed Soliday, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Commissioner Joe McGuinness, and other local and construction officials to formally break ground on the I-65 Northwest Indiana Expansion Project just a few weeks ago. The $62 million Major Moves 2020 project will improve traffic flow and add capacity on Interstate 65 from State Road 2 to U.S. 30 in Newton and Lake Counties.

“Projects like this I-65 expansion in Lake and Newton counties do more than ease morning commutes—they help our state move at the speed of our 21st century economy,” Gov. Holcomb said. “With a new long-term plan to fund transportation, Indiana can pursue more investments in our roads, bridges, and other infrastructure to improve the lives of Hoosiers and make our state a jobs magnet.”

“This project will improve safety and ease congestion on one of Indiana’s busiest interstate segments and represents a significant investment in the Region’s transportation network,” INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said. “Adding new travel lanes and upgrading existing infrastructure on I-65 in Northwest Indiana will greatly improve the user experience for motorists who travel this busy corridor.”

During construction, the following will be taking place along the interstate:

  • A new shoulder will be constructed and the existing lanes restriped on I-65 from U.S. 231 to just south of U.S. 30.
  • The outside shoulder and existing lanes will be resurfaced, and a third lane and inside shoulder will be constructed in the median on I-65 just south of S.R. 2 to U.S. 231.
  • The dual northbound and southbound Kankakee River bridges will be reconstructed.

The project also includes rehab and/or resurfacing of the overpasses at 93rd, 113th, and 153rd avenues and mainline I-65 bridge work at 109th Avenue, U.S. 231, S.R. 2, Beaver Dam Ditch, and Wirtz Ditch. Because the project is being constructed on an accelerated timeline, work is expected to be completed in the fall of 2018. This will be 18 months earlier than previously expected.

Phase Two of U.S. 27 Construction in Richmond is Underway
Cost: $24 million
General Contractor: Gradex, Inc.

Work on the U.S. 27 / U.S. 40 project is well underway in Richmond, with contractors recently kicking off Phase Two of the project. In total, across the entire construction area, two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and nearly one mile of eastbound U.S. 40 will be reconstructed. The project began back in March and is expected to be complete before the end of 2018.

In addition to rebuilding the roadways, the project will also involves:

  • New water mains
  • New drainage and modernized storm sewer
  • New ADA curb ramps and sidewalks
  • New traffic signals with wireless interconnectivity
  • New traffic signs

The second phase of construction, which recently began, includes rebuilding the west half of southbound U.S. 27 between North C Street and the South O Street overpass. Multiple traffic lane shifts will be required to maintain one open lane and rebuild the roadway one side at a time. Access to and from intersecting streets will be temporarily closed while that side of the roadway is being rebuilt. Weather permitting, contractors intend to finish one half of the southbound U.S. 27 rebuild this year.

Construction along eastbound U.S. 40 (South A Street and 11th Street) is scheduled to begin in early 2018 and will finish before the end of the year. The rebuild will span from the Lamar Lundy Memorial Bridge over the Whitewater River gorge to 11th Street and will include 11th Street from South A Street to Main Street.






Seven Bridges to Rebuild along I-70
Cost: $7.2 million
General Contractor: Milestone Contractors

Construction has begun on a $7.2 million contract for bridge deck replacement, rehabilitation, or overlays on seven bridges on Interstate 70 in Hancock and Henry counties. Construction is planned to begin this spring, and all work on the contract is expected to be complete by December.

Specific details of the project include:

  • Rebuilding two bridges over Six Mile Creek
    • Milestone Contractors will rebuild twin I-70 bridges over Six Mile Creek, which is located near mile 112 west of the Hancock-Henry county line and State Road 109 (Exit 115).
  • Rehabilitating two bridges over Brandywine Creek
    • Milestone will repair and preserve twin I-70 bridges over Brandywine Creek, which is located just east of State Road 9 (Exit 104) in Hancock County.
  • Overlaying two bridges over Montgomery Creek
    • Milestone will repair and preserve twin I-70 bridges over Montgomery Creek, which is located just east of State Road 109 (Exit 115) in Henry County.
  • Bridge deck overlay on Hancock County Road 850 East
    • Milestone will close the Hancock County Road 850 East bridge over I-70 to apply a modified concrete overlay to the bridge deck.