Valpo intersection to start final phase of construction
By James D. Wolf Jr. Post-Tribune correspondent September 2, 2013 7:18PM
VALPARAISO — Traffic at the Five Points intersection will go through its final blocks and detours beginning about Sept. 10, including the temporary closure of the western leg of Vale Park Road.
The city is also closing the intersection of Vale Park, Calumet Avenue and Roosevelt Road to any truck traffic.
The city is constructing the last part of what will be a two-lane roundabout at the intersection, and it will be the largest such traffic circle in the city.
The Vale Park closure will be 200 feet from Calumet going west to Cumberland Drive with no access to the intersection.
Work should finish Oct. 23.
The city has identified two possible detours of about 1.5 miles each.
Drivers can drive south on Calumet to Glendale Boulevard to Valparaiso Street and then to the western part of Vale Park or they can take Calumet north to Bullseye Lake Road to Vale Park.
As the roundabout gets phased in and construction wraps up, the city will restrict traffic on the other streets in the intersection.
† Northbound Calumet traffic can continue north on Calumet or east on Vale Park.
† Southbound Calumet traffic can only continue south on Calumet.
† Northbound Roosevelt traffic can go north on Calumet or east on Vale Park.
† Westbound Vale Park traffic will only be able to go north on Calumet.
† No traffic will be permitted to travel southbound to Roosevelt from the construction.
Roosevelt will see construction between Glendale and Vale Park, and Calumet will get work done between Glendale Blvd and Bullseye Lake Road/Country Club Road.
The city also will have some work done on Vale Park between Calumet and Silhavy Road.
The car and small vehicle detour for Roosevelt will be Calumet to Glendale.
The Vale Park detour will be Calumet to Country Club to Silhavy.
The city has designated two truck detour routes.
Truck drivers can use Calumet to Burlington Beach to Indiana 49, which is about three miles, or Calumet to Indiana 130/Lincolnway to Indiana 149, which is about five miles.
To see construction updates and detour maps on the city’s website (www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/), click on the “City Government” pull down and select “City Projects” and click on “Five Points Roundabout Project” under the Engineering Projects heading.