Speeding Causes Lane Restrictions
June 4, 2013 — Merrillville’s Stormwater Utility says that lane restrictions are in place on its 54th Avenue storm sewer reconstruction project effective immediately because drivers have been speeding on 54th Avenue where the posted speed limit is 20 miles per hour. The Utility says Town Councilman Richard Hardaway, Stormwater Executive Director Matt Lake, Scott Pruitt from First Group Engineering and representatives from Gough, Inc. think day-to-day block closures are best to help ensure safety of residents and workers.
The Stormwater Utility says a five-block area of the project on 54th Avenue is open only to local residential traffic, with lane closures block-by-block, and the area of 54th Avenue at Johnson Street at the west end of the project is also restricted. It says that as the project moves east to Lincoln, Buchanan, Pierce and Fillmore Streets, those segments will be closed when workers are at those locations.
The Utility says lane closures will occur after school buses make their morning routes, with the road open for daily mail delivery to residents along 54th Avenue; block closures should occur between 7:00 am to 3:30 pm daily, open to traffic by 4:00 pm each day.
The Stormwater Utility recommends that motorists driving 54th Avenue daily instead use 57th Avenue to avoid the construction zone, which is expected to be completed by early September.