SCHERERVILLE | Road enhancements scheduled for the Janice Drive and U.S. 30 intersection should be finished before the end of this year, Schererville officials said.
Public Works Director Jeff Huet said Janice Drive will be widened to accommodate a designated right-turn lane on the west side of the road.
Huet said Janice Drive currently consists of "one wide lane."
Town Manager Bob Volkmann said 5 feet of additional width will be added to Janice Drive to create the designated right-turn lane, which should make it easier for drivers to navigate through the intersection.
The town didn't need to acquire right of way for the road reconfiguration project, he said.
Volkmann said Schererville coordinated with the Indiana Department of Transportation while pursuing the intersection enhancements.
He said INDOT required Schererville to install new loop detectors for the traffic signal at the intersection.
Volkmann said it's anticipated the entire project will be finished by Dec. 23.
Griffith-based paving contractor Walsh & Kelly received the construction contract from Schererville, Volkmann said. The intersection improvements are expected to cost about $65,000, he said.
During construction, southbound traffic on Janice Drive will be directed to the traffic signal in front of the Lake County Public Library branch at U.S. 30 near Fountain Park Drive, Volkmann said.
"It's not much of a detour," he said.