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Hammond City Hall

John J. Watkins

HAMMOND — The Chicago Street reconstruction project between Calumet and Columbia avenues will remain closed to through-traffic through the winter months due to delays with construction, according to a news release.

During the course of ongoing construction, it was determined certain utilities were not in the anticipated condition or location and therefore relocation is required, the city of Hammond said in a news release.

It is for this reason the contractor will be unable to complete the paving necessary to reopen Chicago Street fully to traffic until the asphalt plant reopens in the spring, city officials said.  

Local traffic will be allowed to park in spaces and be provided limited access to the roadway during that period, but drivers will not be allowed direct access to Calumet and Columbia, the city said in a news release.

Th city plans to resume pre-construction one-way traffic patterns in the area immediately surrounding Irving Elementary School to ease congestion for parents, students and buses, the release stated.  

“Leaving this road closed for the winter was not an easy decision,” Mayor Thomas M. McDermott Jr. said in the release. “I reviewed this with my city engineer and, due to the unforeseen circumstances and the lateness of the construction season, I’m convinced that this decision is in the best interest of the city and our citizens.”

Local residents should expect to see crews working on the project, weather permitting, for the next few months. 

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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.