A major part of the $200 million project to improve the Indiana Toll Road has been completed months ahead of schedule. Granger-based ITR Concession Co. says the construction and rehabilitation of the mainline travel lanes will open to traffic Friday morning ahead of the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
The work is part of the 80/90 PUSH Project announced in early 2016. The project aims to overhaul a more than 70-mile stretch of the ITR between Portage and Elkhart.
“We are thrilled to reopen all mainline Toll Road lanes ahead of scheduled and in time for the heart of summer travel season” said Nic Barr, chief executive officer of ITRCC. “As AAA estimates a record 44.2 million Americans will hit the road for the holiday, we are proud to help our customers arrive safe and enjoy a quicker, smoother ride on the Indiana Toll Road.”
Other portions of the project include improvements to shoulders, interchange ramps, and bridges. Crews will also install a fiber optic line throughout the project, which ITRCC says will allow it to utilize intelligent transportation systems to better identify and respond to roadway conditions and provide real-time information to motorists.
You can keep up with the work in progress at the 80/90 PUSH website.