Major Road Work in Munster To Begin May 6th And Severely Affect Traffic on Calumet Avenue

- Information provided by the Town of Munster

It is no secret that the intersection of 45th and Calumet has been a problem for a very long time. Nearly 40,000 vehicles travel Calumet Avenue every day, with 15,000 driving across 45th Street. This means that at any given time, up to 55,000 vehicles might be squeezed onto the 800 linear feet of Calumet between the two legs of 45th Street. That would be bad enough, but when you add in the Canadian National rail line that can accommodate 24 trains per day the traffic situation can be almost unbearable.

The Town of Munster has been working to fix this intersection for many years. A significant step towards fixing this is to make 45th and Calumet a four-way intersection. To do that we must move 45th Street under the railroad tracks. This is a very big project.  In addition to moving 45th Street under the tracks, there are other improvements to this intersection that will allow traffic to move more efficiently. These include the addition of dedicated west-bound and north-bound turn lanes as well as the construction of centerline medians.

The total construction project will take at least two years to complete and will require substantial lane restrictions and closures.

Walsh Construction has been awarded the construction contract by INDOT and will begin the improvements to Calumet Avenue on Monday May 6th.

Traffic will be restricted to one-lane north and one-lane south between east-bound 45th Street to the north and Superior Drive to the south. These restrictions will last until December of this year.

45th Street will remain open until the Main Street bridge is completed and opened in early June.

Detailed project information can be found by clicking here.