The planned widening of I-65 in northwest Indiana is forging ahead. The Indiana Department of Transportation has selected a proposal for improvements and new travel lanes for the 12-mile section between U.S. 30 and State Road 2.

The state says the $62 million bid from Walsh Construction Company II LLC and lead design engineer Parsons Transportation Group Inc. is more than 20 percent lower than previous estimates. Four teams submitted proposals. The section stretches between Merrillville and Lowell exits and includes modernization work on the bridge over the Kankakee River.

The work is part of Governor Mike Pence’s Major Moves 2020 initiative, which includes 40 miles of upgrades and travel lanes for I-65 and 13 miles of I-69. In March, the state held public meetings for feedback on another portion of I-65 in the region that run between S.R. 2 and S.R. 10. Public hearings for the U.S. 20 to S.R. 2 section are slated for October 17 at Crown Point High School and October 24 at the Kentland Public Library, both at 6 p.m. Central Time.

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