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Traffic alerts for drivers who travel in downtown South Bend

downtown South Bend (Spencer Marsh/95.3 MNC)

The City of South Bend Department of Public Works has issued the following traffic alerts beginning Wednesday, June 19:

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, from Colfax Avenue to Jefferson Boulevard, will close to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The closure will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Detour routes will be MLK Jr. Blvd. to Colfax Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard via Michigan Street.

Two projects will occur during this closure:
1.) Signage for the Century Center will be installed on the north side of the Sky Bridge.
2.) Signage and yield line pavement markings will be installed for the crosswalk on MLK Jr. Blvd. between the Courtyard by Marriott and the Century Center.

Michigan Street
The northbound lanes of Michigan Street, directly north of the Bartlett Street roundabout, will be restricted to one lane. The lane restriction will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday and will go through Thursday, June 27, weather permitting. Crews will be installing a new well at the City’s Water Works Pumping Station.

Here are additional construction projects that are underway throughout Michiana:


Lane restrictions continue on the U.S. 20 Bypass in St. Joseph County from east of Elm Road to west of Bremen Highway. There are ramp closures at Elm Road. as well.


(NEW) INDOT has closed the Capital Avenue bridge over the St. Joe River. One lane is set to reopen in each direction after they finish beam setting on Thursday. Plan an alternate route. (Ends 6/20)

(NEW) Milling continues on Lincolnway for a resurfacing project between State Road 23 and Capital Avenue. Flaggers are directing traffic at times and you can expect slow downs during the rush hours (ends early June 2019)

(NEW) Quinn Road is closed between Ironwood and Ivy Roads. The detour is Miami Highway to Pierce Road to Juniper Road. (ends TBA)


(NEW for 6/19) Down to local traffic only on Morris Street, between Donald and Calvert Streets due to tree trimming at some power lines. (ends 6/20)

(NEW for 6/19) Down to local traffic only on Iowa Street, north of Western, due to curb and sidewalk work. (ends 6/20)

(NEW) Allen Streeet is closed between Lindsey & Van Buren Streets for sewer work. (ends 6/25)

(NEW) Riverside Drive is closed from Dushane Court to Michigan Street. Lafayette Boulevard is also closed from Riverside Drive to Park Lane. (ends 6/25)

(NEW) Westbound Sample is shut down for sewer repair between Arnold and Chapin, with a detour of Chapin, Western and Mayflower. Eastbound is down to one lane. (Ends 7/1)

(NEW) Olive Street is closed from Calvert to Dubail for utility work. (Ends 6/24)

Linden Avenue is closed from Mayflower to Lombardy for maintenance on a gas line. (Ends 7/3)

Lane restrictions continue in both directions on the Eddy Street Bridge (ends TBA)

Traffic on Cleveland Road is down to one lane from Portage Road to 933. (end TBA)

Eddy Street is closed from Napoleon Boulevard to Howard Street. St. Vincent Street between Frances Street and Georgiana Avenue is also closed. Detours are set up. (ends late 2019)


(NEW) East 12th Street is closed for improvements between Campbell and Beiger Streets. Detours are Union and Church to Lincolnway and Capital. (Ends August)

Restrictions are in place on Ireland Road starting just west of Bremen Highway to the intersection of Ireland Trail. Watch for lane closures and stopped traffic at times. (ends 7/30)


(NEW for 6/19) Sanders Avenue is closed from Hively Avenue to Carlton Avenue (ends 6/19)

E. Jackson Blvd. is closed between Johnson and Prairie Streets. (ends 6/30)

(NEW for 6/20) Carlton Avenue is closed from Pleasant Plain avenue to Morton Avenue (ends 6/20)


(NEW) INDOT Crews are replacing a bridge over the Elkhart River on State Road 119 in Elkhart County. With that, there are lane restrictions and flaggers or temporary signals, as well as stops in some spots. (Ends late June)

Watch for construction crews working on State Road 19 in Elkhart County at Beardsley, Mishawaka Street, John Weaver Parkway, Edwardsburg Avenue, Michigan Street, Main Street. (show ends TBA)


Lane restrictions on I-94 from the Indiana Michigan stateline to New Buffalo (M-239). (ends late August 2019)


(NEW) Three and half miles of Lawrence Road, from Dutch Settlement to Marcellus Highway, have crumbled. An engineering crew is trying to determine why and how to repair it.


Patching has started on US 421 in LaPorte County between I-94 and State Road 2. It should be finished by the end of June, then shifts north towards State Road 2.

Construction has lane restrictions and closures at U.S. 20 and State Road 2 in Rolling Prairie (ends 11/15/2019)

It’s down to one lane in each direction on U.S. 20 between Woodland Avenue and Johnson Road in Michigan City until mid-October.


Resurfacing is underway on State Rd 117 in Marshall County. INDOT will have that down to one lane with a flagger between State Roads 10 and 110 through October.


State Road 14 is being resurfaced between High Street in Silver Lake and State Road 13. Flaggers will be directing traffic. The entire paving project will be done in mid-July.


INDOT will be resurfacing State Road 19 in Fulton County between Front Street and Brentwood Drive. There will be delays and flaggers. (ends July)


Down to one lane in each direction on State Road 49 just north of U.S. 30 to Bertholet Boulevard near the Porter County Sheriff’s Department. (ends 6/15)


Plan extra time if you’re headed south on US 31 to Kokomo. INDOT will be diverting all traffic from the northbound lanes with a crossover into the southbound lanes for repaving and construction of the new Deer Creek Bridge north of Kokomo. The project should be done in mid-August, and then shift to the southbound lanes. (ends August)


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