Double Track NWI Project Moves One Step Closer to Construction with Full Funding Grant Agreement

Welcome to the Construction Page for the Double Track Northwest Indiana Project. The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) along with the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority and Indiana Finance Authority are pleased to announce signing of 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 plans to award five contracts for heavy 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, Gary/Miller Station, 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. IFBs for the remaining two construction contracts will be advertised in late winter. 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.