September 28, 2018 - In preparation for the 2019 road and bridge improvements to State Boulevard, several utilities will relocate transmission lines over the next few months. That work begins on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, when NIPSCO will relocate a gas line in the center of State. The work will require the road to close to through traffic until November 28, 2018.

A marked detour for through traffic includes Spy Run Avenue/North Clinton Street/Lima Road to Fernhill Avenue to Wells Street.

Relocating underground utilities clears the way for INDOT to receive bids in February 2019 for construction of Phase II of the State Boulevard improvement project. Construction is expected to start in March of next year. Phase II is between Clinton and Cass Street and includes the replacement of a 90-year old bridge over Spy Run Creek, the realignment of the road, additional travel lanes in each direction, a turn lane where needed,  a protected sidewalk on the north side of the road and a trail on the south side of the road, landscaping, and decorative lighting.

Following the NIPSCO relocation project, other utilities will work in the area causing some minor traffic delays, but the road will remain open. Additional work will be done by AEP, Frontier, Indiana Fiber Network and US Signal.

Phase I of State Boulevard project between Clinton Street and Spy Run Avenue is nearing completion. The road is open to traffic and the remaining work will wrap-up in the next three weeks. Phase I added a westbound travel lane to alleviate traffic that currently backs up on the Ian Rolland Bridge, a sidewalk buffered by a park strip on the north side of the road, a trail on the south side, decorative lighting, and an improved turn lane for eastbound traffic turning north onto Spy Run. 

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