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[INDOT] SR 19 Road Construction Begins North of the St. Joseph River in Elkhart on Monday, May 7
Start Date: 5/7/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 5/7/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description
ELKHART, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces that the first phase of roadwork for the 2-mile SR 19 road reconstruction project is scheduled to begin with the closure of Rainbow Bend Boulevard, east of SR 19, on Monday, May 7.

Placement of asphalt for temporary widening of SR 19 north and south of Lexington Avenue will also begin the week of May 7. This will be followed by the restriction of traffic to one 10-foot-wide lane in each direction along SR 19, between Vermont Avenue south of the bridge and Bypass Road. There will be a left turn lane for SR 19 traffic at Lexington Avenue throughout this phase of construction. No other cross streets will have left turn lanes, and drivers are encouraged to plan their routes in order to avoid making left turns in the construction zone.

The SR 19 reconstruction project consists of complete pavement replacement to accommodate a 5-lane concrete roadway with a bi-directional turn lane. This will match the portions of SR 19 north of Beardsley Avenue and south of Lusher Avenue. Franklin Street will be relocated 200 feet north of its current location. The project will also include rehabilitation of the bridge over the St. Joseph River; installation of sidewalks; curb and gutter; ADA ramps; storm sewer system; new traffic signals; and pedestrian crosswalks with pushbuttons at Franklin Street, Indiana Avenue, Lexington Avenue, and Bypass Road. The final configuration for Rainbow Bend Boulevard will be a cul-de-sac on the east side of SR 19.

The project is anticipated to be complete in late summer 2014. Rieth-Riley Construction was awarded the contract based on the low bid of $14 million.

INDOT reminds drivers to use caution and consider worker safety when driving through a construction zone. For the latest news and information about INDOT, visit You can find traffic restriction information at Contact the Fort Wayne District toll free at 866-227-3555.

Contact Information:
Name: Toni Mayo
Phone: 260-969-8314
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