$200 million Repair Plan on the Indiana Toll Road Commences
The Indiana Toll Road has begun work on a $200 million pavement rehabilitation project, which will become the largest undertaking in the Toll Road’s 60-year history.
The two-year project will rebuild 70 miles of roadway — between Portage, Ind., and Elkhart, Ind., and will include new asphalt, work on interchanges, shoulder replacement and work on 53 bridges. Furthermore, fiber optic cable installation will provide for intelligent transportation signage, improving safety and travel for all Toll Road patrons. After this project is complete, the new pavement is expected to last nearly 20 years.
The existing pavement was constructed over 50 years ago and is now due for reconstruction. Likewise, many bridges are to be upgraded and repaired. When complete, the roadway will be safer, smoother, and require only routine maintenance for years to come.
ITRCC selected Rieth-Riley Construction Co. on the basis of a 6-monthlong selection process designed to ensure that ITRCC and its customers receive the best value from this investment. The selection process prioritized safety, minimization of impacts on users and communities, quality, and experience.
SCOPE OF THE PROJECT
Travel lanes (mainline): The existing pavement consists of a concrete base with an asphalt overlay. As part of this project, the asphalt will be removed and the concrete will receive a “crack-and-seat” treatment which reduces the likelihood of future pavement cracking. The concrete will be overlaid with 5 inches of new asphalt.
Shoulders: A portion of the existing asphalt shoulder will be milled to a depth of 1-1/2 (1.5) inches and replaced with 1-1/2 inches of new asphalt.
Interchange Ramps: Ramp pavement at nine interchanges within the project limits will be rehabilitated.
Bridges: 53 bridges will be rehabilitated by the project. Improvements range from bridge deck overlays to full replacement of the bridge deck and will be determined based on the condition of each bridge. Substructure and superstructure repairs will also be included to improve the overall condition of the structures.
Installation of a fiber optic line throughout the project: This will allow ITRCC to deploy various Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) in the future. These systems will help ITRCC better identify and respond to roadway conditions and provide real-time information to Toll Road users.
MAINTENANCE OF TRAFFIC DURING CONSTRUCTION
A primary goal of the project is to minimize impacts to Toll Road users due to construction. Pavement work on the roadway will generally be performed in 8-10 mile sections with at least one lane of traffic open in each direction at all times. The work at interchanges will require the closure of ramps for a period of time.
ITRCC and Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc. will be coordinating with local communities and institutions to identify concerns regarding specific facilities and major events that require consideration when scheduling construction. ITRCC and Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc. will also be coordinating with local businesses when interchange work will affect access to their facilities.
Summer peak travel periods will be accounted for when scheduling construction activities.
Information about construction activity and updates regarding work zones will be communicated to emergency service providers, the public, and the media regularly.