Roadwork to jam traffic at busy S'ville intersection

2013-06-08T18:40:00Z 2013-06-09T23:38:07Z Roadwork to jam traffic at busy S'ville intersectionChas Reilly, (219) 662-5324

SCHERERVILLE | Roadwork at U.S. 41 and Main Street will cause lane restrictions, but traffic flow should improve after construction is finished, officials said.

Schererville Public Works Director Jeff Huet said the construction, which is associated with the Shops on Main development, will occur on all four sides of the intersection.

The project includes reworking stormwater infrastructure, adding curbs and grinding and paving the roads.

Huet said there will be lane closures while work is completed.

"There's going to be inconveniences for motorists," Huet said. "The intent is to have roads open as much as they can."

Preliminary work started last week. The project is slated to continue through the summer, but a completion date hasn't been established.

Main Street will be widened during the project, and a traffic signal will be installed on the road near the Highland Grove shopping center.

Highland Public Works Director John Bach said the new signal will enhance safety for drivers traveling near Highland Grove.

People exiting Highland Grove currently are prohibited from making left turns onto Main Street. After the signal is added, left turns will be allowed again, Bach said.

The road improvements are part of the first phase of construction for the Shops on Main project, which is being developed by Regency Centers and Boyer Properties.

Gordmans, Ross Dress for Less, HomeGoods and DSW Designer Shoe Warehouse have been announced as the anchors for the development, but additional businesses are expected.

Regency Centers expects some anchors will open in the spring of 2014.

The development has been projected to create 120 to 150 jobs. Annual payroll could be between $3.6 million and $4.5 million, according to Schererville.

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