Transportation news

Indiana 2 to close between U.S. 41 and the state line

Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Dunnet Bay Construction Company will close Indiana 2 between Calumet Avenue and State Line Road on or after March 18 for a bridge replacement project over West Creek ditch.

Indiana 2 will be closed through late June, and motorists should seek an alternate route. The official detour will follow U.S. 41, Indiana 10, Illinois 114 and Illinois 17.

I-65 to have lane, ramp closures for concrete work

INDOT contractor Milestone Contractors North Inc. will have lane and ramp closures on Interstate 65 near U.S. 30 beginning next week to finish concrete restoration work that began in 2023 between U.S. 231 and U.S. 30.

On or after March 18, I-65 will be reduced to two lanes shifted to the left in each direction between 61st Avenue and 109th Avenue. The work zone will be in the right lane and shoulder in both directions. The ramps from westbound U.S. 30 to southbound I-65, eastbound U.S. 30 to southbound I-65, and northbound I-65 to U.S. 30 will also be closed. These restrictions will be in place for approximately 10 days.

After these closures are concluded, overnight lane closures will be required replace pavement markers and other punch list items. Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns in the area, especially overnight. Work is expected to wrap up in mid-April.

INDOT encourages drivers to allow extra time when driving through this area and follow traffic directions carefully. Motorists should slow down, exercise caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

South Shore plans extra trains for St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday

The South Shore Line will offer additional capacity and extra passenger trains on Saturday to accommodate an expected increase in ridership due to the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the dyeing of the river.

For westbound trains ending at Millennium Station, westbound trains 502 and 504 will operate with additional capacity to accommodate passengers heading to Chicago in the morning.

In the afternoon, two eastbound passenger extras will run following the parade and dyeing of the river: The first Extra will depart Millennium Station at 4:25 p.m., and the second Extra will depart Millennium Station at 6:15 p.m. Both will stop at Van Buren Street at 4:28 p.m. and 6:18 p.m., respectively.

Both extras will run non-stop to Hegewisch and make all local stops terminating at Gary Metro Center.

Alcohol is prohibited on all trains as are any glass bottles.

Busing between Gary Metro Center and Dune Park stations remains in effect. Busing arrangements have been made to accommodate larger crowds; however, westbound passengers are encouraged to board trains at Gary Metro Center Station or stations west.