Double Track NWI - Construction Next Steps

INFORMATION UPDATED 06/16/2021

GARY - MILLER STATION AREA
NIPSCO continues to work on electric lines near Miller Station the week of 6/14/21. This work is led by NIPSCO to ensure their utilities are moved out of NICTD’s path for Double Track infrastructure.

NIPSCO will be working on electric utilities from Tennessee Street to the I-90 overpass starting on 7/19/21.

Indiana American Water is completing water line relocation work in Gary at Lake Street; this work continues the week of 6/14/21.

AT&T has awarded relocation work to a contractor who is expected to start work at Lake St and Melton Rd in late June/early July; this work is expected to last several weeks.

For Double Track, demolition of structures is currently expected to begin around late July or early August. Tree removal for the new east parking lot that will be constructed east of Lake Street is expected to occur in July 2021; this schedule is subject to change.

INDOT’s US 20 Connector Road Project in Gary: This project is separate from Double Track. INDOT has awarded the project to a contractor, Walsh & Kelly. INDOT has closed what will soon be the former US 12 just east of Lake Street to the point of connection of the new US 20 Connector Road that will be built between US 12 and US 20 on June 10, 2021. INDOT will also permanently close the short leg of US 12 west of Clay Street to the current 12 & 20 connection at that time. That construction is expected to continue until November or December 2021. Any questions related to INDOT’s project should be directed to 855-463-6848.

PORTAGE/OGDEN DUNES STATION AREA
The weeks of 6/14 and 6/21/21, NIPSCO is also working from the east end of Portage/Ogden Dunes Station to just west of Hillcrest Road, which includes travel lane reductions and flagging. NIPSCO gas crews will also retire an abandoned gas line segment near the station in late June/early July. NIPSCO electric crews are continuing working in Burns Harbor near the Norfolk Southern bridge and Cleveland Cliffs entrance the weeks of 6/14/21 and 6/21/21. NIPSCO gas crews will also be working in the Burns Harbor area to retire an abandoned multiple gas line segments in late June/early July.

For the Double Track project’s new parking lot south of US 12, it is expected that demolition of structures will begin in late 2021 depending on the timing of real estate acquisition. Tree removal for the new South Parking Lot is expected to occur in Nov/Dec 2021. Construction of the new lot will begin in Jan/Feb 2022; this schedule is subject to change.

DUNE PARK STATION AREA
NIPSCO gas line work is expected to occur at Tremont Road in July and will last all month.

DUNE ACRES AREA
No activity at this time.

BEVERLY SHORES STATION AREA
Gas line work continues at Broadway Street the week of 6/14/21 and will be completed the week of 6/21/21.

TOWN OF PINES AREA
NICTD owns the property just west of County Line Road north of US 12 in the Town of Pines where the former brick company was located. NICTD has provided NIPSCO with permission to use that site for power pole storage and trucks through the end of July 2021. Residents may see NIPSCO vehicles entering and exiting the site. NIPSCO electric work will also continue in this for the weeks on 6/14 and 6/21. Gas line work near the property continues through June north of the NICTD tracks. Removal of transmission lines between Central Avenue and US 12 will begin the week of 7/14/21 and is expected to last 2 weeks.

NICTD’s Construction Management firm, WSP, now has a temporary construction office at this location.

MICHIGAN CITY – 10TH AND 11TH STREET AREA
NIPSCO electric began working along or near 11th Street in early June starting at Tennessee Street and moving eastward. They are also working at 11th, 8th, Tennessee, Wolf and Wabash Streets to do retirement work, which is expected to last several more weeks. This work involves short-term street closures.

In addition, NIPSCO gas line work continues the week of 6/14 at Willard/10th Street and Sheridan/10th Street in Michigan City; this work is expected to last several weeks and may spill into July. Lastly, gas work has begun at Pine and 10th Street; this work is expected to last two weeks. NIPSCO gas work will occur at 10th and Approximately 29 gas service lines will be cut back to the gas main on 10th Street starting approximately late June and will continue into late July/early August. Gas work will also occur at 11th and Franklin in early to mid-July. This work is led by NIPSCO to ensure their utilities are moved out of NICTD’s path for Double Track infrastructure. 

Real estate acquisition is well underway. Demolition of structures began in May 2021 and will continue as properties come into NICTD control. Properties are being boarded up and managed by NICTD’s contractor until the overall construction project begins.

Please call NIPSCO at 800-464-7726 for questions related to their work and street closures.

Dates for work beyond the week of 6/16/21 are estimates and subject to change.



QUESTIONS

Should you have questions about the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project, please call 219-850-4457 or email doubletracknwi@nictd.com.

For questions about NIPSCO’s work, call 800-464-7726.

For questions about INDOT’s US 20 Connector Road project, call 855-463-6848.

WELCOME
In January 2021, the Federal Transit Administration signed a Full Funding Grant Agreement by the Federal Transit Administration to advance the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project to the construction phase. The Full Funding Grant Agreement marks the final milestone of the Capital Investment Grant process to fully fund the $491.1 million expansion of the South Shore Line and commits federal funding for 35 percent of the total project cost.

Construction is slated to begin in May 2021 and run through mid-2023.

NICTD will soon award five contracts for construction, including one contract for the majority of the civil and track elements, and separate contracts for work at the Michigan City 11th Street Station/Garage/Retail Space, Gary/Miller Station and new east parking lot, Portage/Ogden Dunes Station parking lots, and Dune Park Station east parking lot. Invitations for Bids (IFB) were issued for the first three construction contracts on January 7, 2021; the fifth Invitation for Bid was issued on 2/4/2021. An IFB for the construction contract (contract 4) will be advertised in fall 2021. For more information on the procurement process, please visit www.mysouthshoreline.com/about/purchasing.

Double Track real estate acquisition is underway following the federal Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act. For more information about the real estate acquisition process, please visit www.doubletrack-nwi.com/docs/real-estate.

Early construction activities will take place from January 2021 into late winter and will include construction mobilization, building demolition, utility work, and tree clearing. Building demolition will be completed in Michigan City, Gary, Portage, and Ogden Dunes. Tree clearing will take place at Miller Station for the new parking lot east of Lake Street, at Portage/Ogden Dunes new south parking lot (south of US 12), and at Dune Park Station’s east parking lot, where the lot will expand further to the east. NICTD has hired three contractors to complete this work. A Pre-Demolition/Tree Clearing Meeting will be held with these municipalities in early January 2021 and will include fire and police departments.

Please note that certain utilities, such as NIPSCO, must do early work to relocate such items as power lines/poles, gas pipelines, cable and cellular lines prior to construction. This work is separate from Double Track and is expected to begin in February 2021.

Should you have questions about the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project, please call 219-850-4457 or email doubletracknwi@nictd.com.