Calumet & Burlington Beach

UPDATE: Construction on the west approach of Burlington Beach at SR 49 is expected to wrap up on Wednesday, October 12th. Construction will shift to the east side of SR 49 on Thursday, October 13th.  Traffic on the east side of the intersection will be restricted to one-way EASTBOUND only. The work on this side of the intersection is expected to be completed on or before November 4th

Project Overview
The project involves work at two intersections along Burlington Beach Road: Calumet and Burlington Beach, and Burlington Beach at SR 49. The intersection at Calumet and Burlington Beach will be fully reconstructed, including added pavement width for proper turn lanes, curb and gutter, storm sewer, and a new decorative traffic signal. An 8-ft wide multi-use pathway will be installed along the north side of Burlington Beach from Calumet to Silhavy. The project will also involve pavement widening, curb and gutter, and drainage improvements to the east and west approaches of Burlington Beach at SR 49. A copy of the construction plans for Calumet and Burlington Beach can be viewed here, and for Burlington Beach at SR 49 can be viewed here

Project Background
The City of Valparaiso initially applied and was approved for a grant in 2009 under the Surface Transportation Program to improve the intersections of Calumet Avenue and Burlington Beach Road, and Burlington Beach Road and SR 49. The purpose of the project was to improve traffic flow and drainage at these intersections, which will continue to see an increase in traffic volume as the surrounding areas develop. A public hearing was held in early 2012 to obtain input from adjacent land owners, and the project was subsequently modified to account for the valuable feedback that was received.
Burlington and SR49 Photo for Cover of Webpage somewhere
Calumet and Burlington Photo for Cover of Webpage somewhere
Construction plans were finalized in 2015 and the necessary right-of-way was acquired to accommodate the proposed improvements. On March 16, 2016, the Indiana Department of Transportation received five bids for the work, with the low bid provided by Dyer Construction Company in the amount of $2,031,427. Construction is being funded 80% federally through INDOT, with the City’s Redevelopment Commission providing the 20% local match.

Timeline


Construction is anticipated to begin on June 13th, and by contract must be substantially completed by November 1, 2016. The contractor will return in the Spring of 2017 to complete any remaining items and necessary restoration work, with a final contract completion date of June 15, 2017.  

Maintenance of Traffic During Construction


One of the most challenging elements of any construction project is trying to build a complete intersection with below ground storm sewers and other utility infrastructure, while trying to maintain traffic through the project site. Of course the simplest and most efficient way to reconstruct an intersection would be to close it entirely, but that would be insensitive to the neighboring residents and businesses who rely on travel through these areas. However it is impossible to construct the required infrastructure without some level of temporary closures and detours. In order to accommodate traffic through the intersection while still being able to construct the improvements in a logical sequence, there will be 8 phases of construction between these two intersections. Some of these phases will involve a closure on a specific leg of an intersection, with a posted detour route.  A summary of each of the phases, with anticipated time frames and exhibits are provided below. Of course these time frames are subject to change depending on unknown issues that may arise during construction, or weather related delays. We will provide updates to this project information website as construction occurs, and provide alerts when a phase change is about to occur that will involve a change in traffic pattern. Please check back often for updates on this. Traveling through construction work zones can be frustrating, but we ask for your patience during this time as the end result will provide for a much improved traffic flow through these intersections for many years to come. If you have any questions on the project, please contact the Engineering Department at (219)462-1161. 

Traffic Restrictions and Closures

 

The following 5 phases are for the SR 49 and Burlington Beach Road Intersection

Phase 4-6 COMPLETE 10/12/16


Phases 4 through 6 were combined to expedite the construction timeline and save costs. Instead of three individual sub-phases involving partial closures, the west approach of Burlington Beach at SR 49 was closed. Work on this phase will be completed and the area will be fully open to traffic on October 12th. 

Phase 7

 
See Exhibit. Construction will shift over to the east side of SR 49, on the south side of Burlington Beach, and is anticipated to begin on October 13th, and is expected to last approximately 10-15 days. Traffic will be restricted to one-way only eastbound during this phase. The detour route during this phase can be seen here.

Phase 8

 
See Exhibit. The work on the east side of SR 49 will shift to the north side of Burlington Beach, and is anticipated to occur once Phase 7 has been completed and should last approximately 10-15 days. Traffic will still be restricted to one-way only eastbound during this phase. The same detour route will be maintained from Phase 7, which can be viewed here
Closure Sign for Cover of Webpage somewhere

The following 3 phases are for the Calumet and Burlington Beach Road Intersection

Phase 1 - COMPLETE 7/16/16


See Exhibit, with the orange highlight representing the area of under construction. This is the initial phase of construction, anticipated to occur from June 13th until July 17th. During this phase, the north leg of Calumet will be closed, as well as the north side of Burlington Beach, east of Calumet. Traffic on Burlington Beach, east of Calumet will be restricted to one-way only, eastbound. The west leg of Burlington Beach and south leg of Calumet will be fully open to traffic. The detour map for the closure during this phase can be seen here
Calumet and Burlington Beach

Phase 2 - COMPLETE 08/10/16


See Exhibit. This phase will involve work on Calumet, south of Burlington Beach, and on the south side of Burlington Beach, east and west of Calumet. It is anticipated to last from July 18th through August 16th. During this phase, northbound traffic on Calumet will be detoured east on Country Club Rd, north on Silhavy Rd, east on Burlington Beach Rd, north on SR 49, then west on CR600N. On the north side of the intersection, northbound/southbound Calumet will be open to traffic. On the west side of the intersection, eastbound/westbound traffic will be open on Burlington Beach. On the east side of the intersection, traffic will be restricted to eastbound ONLY, and will be shifted to the north side of the newly constructed roadway. During this phase, the traffic signal will have to be removed to accomplish the necessary work in the intersection corners. Traffic control will be handled with a 3-way Stop sign configuration.

Phase 3 - COMPLETE 09/19/16


See Exhibit.  The west leg of Burlington Beach will be completely closed to traffic during this phase of construction. A detour map for this closure can be seen hereNorthbound and southbound traffic on Calumet will be fully open to traffic.  The east leg of the intersection will be fully open between Calumet and Explorer Dr, allowing school bus traffic to exit Flint Lake Elementary School when school resumes and turn left (west) on Burlington Beach.  However, due to additional pathway work along the north side of Burlington Beach, the section of roadway between Explorer Dr and Silhavy Rd will remain restricted to one-way traffic, eastbound only until September 9th.  All work associated with Phase 3 is anticipated to be completed on September 15th.  

During this phase, a temporary traffic signal will be utilized until the permanent signal is delivered and installed, which is anticipated to occur during the last week of September.