Road restrictions for hospital move on Saturday
By Amy LAvalley Post-Tribune correspondent August 23, 2012 12:26PM
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Post-Tribune would like to talk to families and patients who will be involved in Saturday’s move of Porter hospital to U.S. 6 and Indiana 49. Anyone who is interested should contact Managing Editor Diane Hayes at 648-3241, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated: September 25, 2012 10:46AM
VALPARAISO — The Valparaiso campus of Porter Health System at 814 LaPorte Ave. will shut its doors at 6 a.m. Saturday when, at precisely that moment, the new Porter Regional Hospital at 85 E. U.S. 6 will open.
Anyone who arrives at the old hospital after it closes with a medical emergency will be stabilized and transferred via ambulance to the new facility. The emergency room at the new hospital will be fully operational when the building opens and will begin accepting patients.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will stagger lights along transport routes for ambulances and equipment trucks to expedite traffic, and will place digital road signs on those routes.
There will be street restrictions around the old hospital to assist with the transition of large trucks and ambulances to prevent any congestion that will slow or possibly stop the move.
Neighbors in the area will be able to access their streets, but other traffic will be restricted. The road restrictions are as follows:
Garfield Street from Lincolnway south to Union Street.
LaPorte Avenue from Garfield Street east to Roosevelt Road.
Brown Street from Greenwich Street east to University Park Drive.
Greenwich Street from Brown Street north to Lincolnway.
Monroe Street from Greenwich east to University Park Drive.
Indiana Avenue from Greenwich east to Garfield Street.
The north side of Monroe Street from University Park Drive to Garfield Street will be restricted to “no parking,” as will the west side of Greenwich Street from Brown Street to Lincolnway.
Ambulances will be routed east on LaPorte Avenue to Indiana 49, then north to U.S. 6 and the new hospital.
Supply trucks will follow Lincolnway west to Campbell, and take Campbell/Meridian north to U.S. 6 and the new hospital.