ELKHART — The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that traffic on Ind. 19/Nappanee Street in Elkhart has fully opened to traffic between Lusher Avenue and Beardsley Avenue for the winter months.
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the contractor worked extra hours to allow opening the stretch of Ind. 19 north of Franklin Avenue to four lanes of traffic on Nov. 30, INDOT officials said. At the same time, the center bi-directional turn lane north of Franklin Street and all side roads to Ind. 19 reopened to traffic, as well.
On Thursday, the contractor finished placing temporary pavement markings on the existing pavement and temporary transition pavement in the northbound lanes of Ind. 19 between Lusher Avenue and Franklin Street. All four lanes of Ind. 19 in this area are now open to traffic, with two lanes open in each direction. Additionally, left turns, which had previously been prohibited, are now permitted in both directions on Ind. 19 at Franklin Street during the winter months, until construction resumes in the spring, INDOT officials said.
Starting in the spring, as soon as good weather arrives, traffic between Lusher Avenue and Franklin Street will again be restricted to one lane of traffic in each direction, using the southbound lanes on the west side of the road, as the remainder of the northbound lanes are reconstructed.
Left turns will be prohibited again at Franklin Street while construction is ongoing next spring. Although the entire roadway was not completed this year, as the contractor had hoped to do, this contract is still ahead of schedule, INDOT officials said. The entire project is now expected to be complete by June, rather than August.
Interuban Trolley detour ends
Green Line West: The Green Line West trolley will resume its regular route today as construction on Ind. 19 (Nappanee Street) between Indiana Avenue and Bypass Road in Elkhart has been completed, officials with the Michiana Area Council of Governments reported.