Work set to begin on clogged Indiana railways

Train tracks
(WISH photo)

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Work is scheduled to begin on a $71.4 million project aimed at speeding up traffic through northwestern Indiana’s congested railroad corridors.

Gov. Mike Pence and representatives from Amtrak, the Federal Rail Administration and Norfolk Southern are scheduled to appear in Hammond on Thursday to mark the beginning of the Indiana Gateway project. The project is expected to include track relocations, high-speed crossovers and upgraded signal systems.

Officials have estimated the Indiana Gateway project, along with other improvements in Illinois and Michigan, will shave 30 minutes off a Chicago-to-Detroit Amtrak ride.

The project will include the construction of a siding at the town of Porter, identified by the state transportation department as one of the most congestion-prone rail junctions in the county. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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