Town to consider improvements on 79th Avenue

2013-10-20T20:45:00Z 2013-10-20T21:56:04Z Town to consider improvements on 79th AvenueChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com
October 20, 2013 8:45 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | A state project to improve an intersection in a heavy-traffic area has town leaders asking if Merrillville needs to pursue road work of its own to complement the enhancements.

Town Councilman Shawn Pettit said the Indiana Department of Transportation will reconfigure the intersection at U.S. 30 and Mississippi Street.

Town Manager Bruce Spires said a portion of the project involves blocking drivers on Mississippi Street from accessing a service road in front of the former Wickes Furniture building.

Taking out the access point would force all drivers to use the traffic signal at the intersection of 79th Avenue and Mississippi Street to enter and exit a commercial area there.

Merrillville plans to hire First Group Engineering to complete a traffic study of 79th Avenue to determine if the town needs to enhance the road in conjunction with the state's project.

Spires said INDOT's enhancements also would involve the removal of a decorative island north of U.S. 30 to make room for designated right-turn lanes on Mississippi Street on both sides of U.S. 30.

The work would help alleviate traffic backups there, Spires said.

INDOT also plans to enhance the Rhode Island Street and U.S. 30 intersection, Pettit said.

Town leaders will learn more about both projects during a Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Nov. 1, Pettit said.

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



About Merrillville

Town Hall

7820 Broadway Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410
219.769.5711
Fax: 219.756.6170

Police Department

7820 Broadway Merrillville, IN 46410
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency 219.769.3531
Administration: 219.769.3722
Crime Tip Hotline: 219.756.6180 ext. 54

Fire Department

26 W. 73rd Ave. Merrillville, IN 46410
Emergency: 911
Non-emergency 219.769.0004
Fax: 219.756.6170

Parks & Recreation

5750 Tyler Place Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.980.5911

Lake County Public Library

1919 West 81st Avenue Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.769.3541

Merrillville Community School Corporation

6701 Delaware Street Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219.650.5300

Latest Local Offers