(Michigan City, IN) - The downtown area in Michigan City looks like a major construction zone. Preparations are being made to lay the double track for the South Shore Commuter line and make other improvements like a new state-of-the-art train station.
Clarence Hulse, Executive Director of the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City, said the work right now involves relocating utilities to get ready for the start of laying the track. “You’ll see a lot of boarded up buildings, both residential and commercial. You’ll see a lot of utility trucks from NIPSCO and other companies that are rerouting water lines, gas line, power lines, fiber lines. This is what we’ve been waiting for, the double track to take off,” he said. Hulse said the double track should start being laid in August and the work is expected to take about two years to complete.
Steps have also been taken to keep the public better informed about street closures related to the double track project. The mayor’s office has been included in the pipeline of information from the South Shore commuter line. Mayor Duane Parry made the request so people know in advance which streets are closed because of the work. “I have the horse power here in the mayor’s office to do press releases, to get it on our webpage so the people of Michigan City know where they’re going to bump into a dead end at so they can plan their travel accordingly,” he said.
According to the mayor’s office, expect periodic street closures in the area of Michigan Boulevard, 8th Street and Wabash Street over the next three months. Utilities are being relocated in that area for the upcoming laying of the double track.