The Town of Shipshewana and the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) have several construction projects slated for 2022 and 2023. It’s going to be challenging and at times difficult, but when it’s done the Town will be far better off for the effort and patients shown by all.
Within the next 2-weeks API construction company will be completing West Middlebury Street from State Street going West to the corporation limits. This will involve removing the existing blacktop and laying a new surface as well as lawn restoration and re-seeding.
In conjunction with that project API will also be rebuilding State Street going South from Middlebury Street to School Street, then East along School Street to State Road #5. Indiana Street will also be improved from State Street to State Road #5. Summy Street going South will be rebuilt and pushed through to School Street and will no longer be a no through street. This work is to be completed by the end of October 2022.
INDOT has projected a start date of June/July 2022 for the Page Ditch construction project, Page Ditch is approximately 1.5 miles North of Town. The work will involve a complete removal of the existing culvert crossing and raising the roadbed approximately 5 to 6 feet. The entire construction project will take 9 months, South bound traffic from State Road 120 to Shipshewana will not be able to continue South during this phase of construction, a detour on County Road 450 North going West will be necessary. The same will hold for North bound traffic heading out of Town along State Road #5. At the same time as the ditch project INDOT will conduct what is known as a mill and fill from School Street going North to State Road 120. This type of work is done quickly, and one lane will be open to Page Ditch, and North of Page Ditch to State Road #120.
INDOT will also be replacing the culvert crossing on State Road #5 approximately 400 feet North of US #20. The timeline for this project is September/October 2022. State Road #5 will be open but restricted to one lane for both North and South bound traffic.
INDOT will be returning in 2023 to rebuild State Road #5 from US #20 to School Street. The reconstruction will include the following.
- A new black top road surface,
- A center turn lane, with a North and South bound lane,
- Two pedestrian crossings, one at the Farmstead Inn and Bens Pretzel’s,
- Curb and Gutter along the entire length of the project,
- Buggy Lanes and
- The construction of sidewalks on both the East and West sides of State Road #5 where there missing.
In 2023 the Town is planning to rebuild East Davis Street from State Road #5 going East to Morton and then continuing East on Easterday Drive to its termination. This project should only impact local traffic only.
It’s going to be a hard period regarding vehicle movement and road closures, but it needs to be done. I’ll be working for the Town through this time, just remember call me with your concerns or problems and I’ll try to fix them.
Robert William Shanahan
Town of Shipshewana