Northwest Indiana is known for its industrial strengths, but projects of all types are taking place in the region. Below we’ve highlighted five major projects in the works. For additional insight, check out our Northwest Indiana Market Study.
1). South Shore Line
Two major projects are potentially in store for the South Shore Line system, totaling approximately $905 million. Referred to as the “West Lake Corridor” and “Doubletrack NWI”, this project combination is expected to improve traffic congestion, travel times, safety, etc.
West Lake Corridor
The $290 million Doubletrack NWI Project proposes to expand the South Shore Line from a single track to double tracks between Gary and Michigan City, Indiana. A major component of the project would include moving the street-running tracks in Michigan City, making the area significantly safer due to trains no longer traveling in the same roadway as drivers. Additionally, there would be improvements to five passenger stations. Benefits of this project would include faster travel times, more trains operating (specifically during rush hour), and increased safety.
The $615 million West Lake Corridor Project would be an 8-mile southern branch extension of the existing South Shore Line between Dyer and Hammond, Indiana. The overall goal of the extension is to create easier access to high-growth areas in Lake County. Benefits of the project would include faster, less expensive, and more reliable access to higher-paying jobs in the Chicago area, relief of existing and anticipated traffic congestion, reduction of vehicular emissions, and more. For a detailed breakdown of the project, check out the project factsheet.
2). Gary Works / U.S. Steel
U.S. Steel has planned to invest over $50 million in its Gary Works steel mill this year as it seeks to make operations more efficient to capitalize off higher steel prices. The company already invested $23 million into restoring hot strip mills at Gary Works, and an additional $33 million worth of improvements are on the way.
$23 million toward restoring hot strip mills
$26 million toward improving reliability of the #6 blast furnace
$6 million toward the “Casters A Line Turret Bearing”
$1 million toward the 84” Pickle Waste Liquor Line
3). Port of Indiana - Burns Harbor
A $19.5 million upgrade is planned for the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor. The expansion would include a new cargo terminal, 4.4 miles of rail, two new rail yards, additional usable dock space, a truck marshaling yard, extension of a retailing wall, and repaving of a dock apron. These investments will allow the port to increase its multimodal freight-handling capabilities to meet anticipated demand. "Indiana has one of the premier inland ports systems in North America. This project will increase our state's ability to attract and grow multimodal business in Northwest Indiana," said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb.
4). Centennial Village – Munster
Centennial Village is part of a dramatic remake planned for the intersection of Calumet Avenue and East 45th Street in Munster. Various components are planned for the village, including four restaurants and two multi-story mixed-use buildings with ground floor commercial space, three levels of condominiums and underground residence parking. A Spring Hill Suites by Marriott is currently under construction on the site, as well. The entire project is expected to take 7 years.
5). Community Hospital - Crown Point
This new four-story multi-use hospital will specialize in care and rehabilitation for stroke patients. The first and second floors will house emergency care, imaging and physical therapy facilities, physician offices, outpatient clinics and a women’s care center. The remaining floors will house inpatient care and neurological rehabilitation. The new hospital will be a member of the Community Healthcare System that includes Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. A completion date has not yet been set.
For additional insight, check out our Northwest Indiana Market Study.