Dyer officials ready for railroad crossing closure

2013-07-13T20:31:00Z 2013-07-15T17:52:04Z Dyer officials ready for railroad crossing closureMary Wilds Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
July 13, 2013 8:31 pm  • 

DYER | Police, town officials and firefighters are ready for the closing of U.S. 30 at the CSX tracks and they hope residents will be, too.

The 600 block of the road will be closed at the tracks, 100 feet in each direction, from Monday through Friday so CSX crews can make repairs.

 “(The project) might possibly be done before (Friday),” Town Council President Joe Cinko said at a council meeting Thursday. “(But) a couple of contingent days have been (scheduled) in case of inclement weather.”

On its Facebook page, the Indiana Department of Transportation has indicated alternative routes for truck traffic traveling U.S. 30 to use U.S. 41, Interstate 80/94, and Ill. 394.

Locally, however, alternative roads include Main Street, Sheffield, 77th Avenue and 213th Street.

Franciscan St. Margaret Mercy Hospital is west of the closure, at Hart Street and U.S. 30. Hospital officials said they are confident local and INDOT officials have installed appropriate signage and provided the necessary information to enable the public to gain access to the hospital, spokeswoman Maria Ramos said.

The Police Department has worked hard to have its ducks in a row, said Police Chief David Hein.

"Operationally, we’re going to have a dedicated officer” east of the tracks, he said. “It’s the first time in a long time (a portion) of U.S. 30 is going to be shut down.”

Hein said he provided notification to Schererville, St. John and Prompt Ambulance, all of which provide medical transport to the hospital. The notice also identified alternative routes, such as 213th and 77th, so that service won’t be disrupted.

“We’ll hope for good weather; bad weather is going to push (work) into next week,” Hein said.

Dyer has two fire stations, Fire Station 1 on Hart Street and U.S. 30 at the EMS building, Fire Station 2 on 213th and Calumet.

Earlier this month, Fire Chief Thad Stutler said the department fields three to four calls a day, 85 percent of which are medical in nature.

“I’m hoping it will be a quiet week,” Stutler said. “But like anything else, we anticipate the worst and hope for the best.”

The department held a special training session Monday night to talk about the closure and the best ways to get through town when U.S. 30 is partly shut down.

“If we have to, we’ll call for mutual aid,” Stutler said. “It will just depend on where the call is.”

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