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Traffic detours in store for IU Northwest commuters

Sewer line work at 33rd and Broadway coincides with start of spring classes


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Erika Rose
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Indiana University Northwest students, visitors and employees will experience some traffic detours in coming weeks due to sewer repairs near the main campus entrance at 33rd Ave. and Broadway. This work is being conducted by the Gary Sanitary District and the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The work begins on Monday, Jan. 9, which is also the first day of classes for Spring 2012, and will continue for approximately the next three weeks, weather and other factors permitting. The work will necessitate the closure of 33rd Avenue both west and east of Broadway. There will be no access to parking west of Broadway from the 33rd Avenue intersection. 

Officials say the campus community still will have access to all parking lots, including the main lots west of Broadway, but commuters will have to take an alternate route to get there. The No. 9 parking lot just east of Broadway on 33rd, near the IU Northwest mail building, will also be accessible, but 33rd will be closed just beyond the mail room.

From the north, drivers should plan to take Broadway to 35th Avenue, head west to Jefferson then and north on Jefferson to 33rd Avenue, bearing right toward the main lots.

Once the 33rd Avenue project is complete, similar repairs are expected for the intersection of 35th Avenue and Broadway.

Due to an expected increase in traffic due to the detour and to the start of spring classes, all IU Northwest students, employees, visitors, and motorists are advised to use EXTREME CAUTION when crossing Broadway on foot or driving through the crosswalk areas on Broadway.

Pedestrians should always use the yellow LED crossing lights and make sure that all lanes of traffic have stopped before attempting to cross. Motorists are asked to obey the speed limit, keep close watch for pedestrians, and proceed with utmost care when driving through a crossing area.

The campus community is also encouraged to take advantage of the RedHawk Shuttle while road closures are in effect. The free Park & Ride service enables those with a university ID to park at the Arts on Grant location at the Village Shopping Center, located at 37th Avenue and Grant Street, and ride the shuttle to campus.

The RedHawk Shuttle runs from 8 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday while the campus is open. Shuttles depart the Park & Ride lot every 10 minutes and make two stops on campus: the north side of the Moraine Student Center and in front of the south side library entrance on 35th Avenue.

Visitors without a university ID may also park in the Park & Ride lot by picking up a free visitor pass at the Arts on Grant building. Upon arrival at the Park & Ride lot, simply ask the security guard at Arts on Grant for a free visitor pass for the shuttle.

Those who use the shuttle should be aware of its schedule and pickup times to ensure that they are able to ride the shuttle back to their vehicle before the evening’s final run. The final pickup times are at approximately 7:15 p.m.