Merrillville frontage road construction finished

2013-08-24T18:15:00Z 2013-08-24T19:28:06Z Merrillville frontage road construction finishedChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
August 24, 2013 6:15 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | Roadwork to enhance and extend frontage roads along U.S. 30 is finished.

Town Manager Bruce Spires said restoration work involving the project recently was completed.

The project connects frontage roads on the south side of U.S. 30 from McKinley Street to the traffic signal in front of Meijer and improves frontage roads on the north side of U.S. 30.

The project initially was scheduled for completion in the fall 2012, but it extended into this year because more utility lines had to be relocated than planned. 

Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch said he's pleased the construction is finally complete because it was affecting sales at many businesses on U.S. 30.

"I hope it will pick back up," Petruch said.

Access to several businesses was restricted during the construction because frontage roads were reduced to one lane.

With the frontage road project finished, Petruch has his eyes on a project in another well traveled area of town.

He said he is seeking improvements to the intersection at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street. Petruch met with Indiana Department of Transportation officials multiple times to discuss the area.

He said there are issues with southbound traffic backing up on Mississippi Street as vehicles head toward U.S. 30.

Petruch said proposals to address the traffic problems include removing a center island on Mississippi Street and widening the road.

Plans also could block motorists on Mississippi Street from accessing a service road in front of the former Wickes Furniture.

Petruch said taking out the access point would force all motorists to use the traffic signal at 79th Avenue and Mississippi Street to enter and exit the commercial area.

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