Double Track NWI - Construction Next Steps

INFORMATION UPDATED 12/01/2021

GARY - MILLER STATION AREA
NIPSCO continues working on electric utilities from Tennessee Street to 7th Ave on either side of I-90. Completion is expected in mid-December. Some of this work may require short-term street closures, travel lane restrictions, and flagging.

AT&T will be in Lake Street area working on installing underground conduit to relocate their overhead fiber; this work is anticipated to last several weeks and is expected to be wrapped up in mid-December.

For the Double Track project’s new Miller parking lot, demolition of structures is currently expected to begin the week of 12/6/2021. NICTD’s Double Track Contract 3 received an NTP 9/9/2021 and construction is anticipated to start construction in mid-December.

Indiana American Water will be working to retire their water mains and relocate a fire hydrant at the Miller Train Station. This work will begin 12/2/21 and should be completed by 12/3/21. 

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. INDOT will also permanently close the short leg of US 12 west of Clay Street to the current 12 & 20 connection at that time. This construction is complete. Spring of 2022 INDOT will begin their "Complete Streets" project which includes reconstruction of Melton Rd east and west of Lake St. Any questions related to INDOT’s project should be directed to 855-463-6848.

PORTAGE/OGDEN DUNES STATION AREA
NIPSCO electrical is expected to complete work just west of Hillcrest Road in Ogden Dunes, which includes travel lane reductions and flagging in mid-December.

NIPSCO gas will also be working on a gas main on the west side of the Cleveland Cliff’s east entrance, this work is anticipated to last several weeks.

Comcast completed their bore work and aerial work for their facilities mid-week during the week of November 1st and will finish with fiber and coaxial work in mid-December.

For the Double Track project’s new parking lot south of US 12, demolition of structures began 9/7/2021. The demolition of remaining structures will be dependent on the timing of real estate acquisition, which is anticipated to continue into late 2021. Tree removal for the new South Parking Lot is expected to occur in Dec 2021. Construction of the new lot will begin in Jan/Feb 2022; this schedule is subject to change.

DUNE PARK STATION AREA
NICTD’s DT5 Contractor is Reith-Riley. Contractor continued constructing the Dune Park East Parking lot and has finished concrete work, electrical conduit for light poles, light pole foundations, asphalt pavement and drainage pavers and topsoil. Seeding, pavement striping, signage, light poles, wiring, and light fixtures will take place soon. This project is anticipated to last into early December. Pavement marking and striping and repair of sealcoat will occur in Spring 2022.

DUNE ACRES AREA
No work currently taking place.  

BEVERLY SHORES STATION AREA
No work currently taking place.    

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’s Construction Management firm, WSP, now has a temporary construction office at this location, residents may see multiple vehicles entering and leaving this site daily.

MICHIGAN CITY – 10TH AND 11TH STREET AREA
NIPSCO electric is anticipating doing some relocation work along 10th street the week of October 25th, which will last several weeks. This work may involve short-term street closures, travel lane restrictions, and flagging. 

Comcast will be working on underground relocations throughout 10th and 11th streets during the month of November into early December. This work may involve short-term street closures, travel lane restrictions, and flagging.

In addition, NIPSCO gas continues to do cut back gas services lines from their main along 10th street. This work is expected to continue into November. 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 continue as properties come into NICTD control. Demolition is approximately 90% complete to date in Michigan City. Properties are being boarded up and managed by NICTD’s contractor until the overall construction project begins.

Demolition of the old station building is expected to begin after Thanksgiving. The block is currently being fenced and that portions of the sidewalk is closed to allow for the removal of the terracotta facade. Pedestrians are encouraged to use the south side of 11th Street. 

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

Dates for work beyond the week of 12/1/21 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 late 2021 and run through late 2024.

The project is broken into 7 projects. Project 1 is the main contract for the majority of the civil and track elements. Initial bids were rejected in May 2021, and the project was re-bid in early August 2021; bids are due October 11, 2021. The anticipated Notice to Proceed for Project 1 is November 2021. Project 2 includes work at the Michigan City 11th Street Station/Garage/Retail Space- this contract has been awarded to Larsen-Danielson. Project 3 includes Gary/Miller Station building and new east parking lot; this project has been awarded to Hasse Construction. Project 4 includes the Portage/Ogden Dunes Station parking lots (including the new lot south of US 12); this project is expected to go out for bid in fall 2021. Project 5 includes the Dune Park Station east parking lot; this contract has been awarded to Rieth-Riley, and construction begins in September 2021. Project 6 is a Positive Train Control Request for Proposals released on September 24, 2021. Project 7 is an early exclusion fencing project for 10 miles of the corridor; this project was awarded to Great Lakes Construction and will be complete in October 2021.

For more information on the procurement process, please visit www.mysouthshoreline.com/about/purchasing.

Double Track real estate acquisition is well 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, third-party utility work, and tree clearing. Building demolition is expected to be completed in Michigan City, Gary, Portage, and Ogden Dunes by the end of 2021. Tree clearing has already occurred at Miller Station for the new parking lot east of Lake Street, and at Dune Park Station’s east parking lot, where the lot will expand further to the east. Tree clearing at Portage/Ogden Dunes new south parking lot (south of US 12) is expected in late 2021.

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