Posts Tagged ‘Gary Indiana’

InDOT to Rebuild Intersection to Accommodate South Shore Project

June 9, 2021

The Indiana Department of Transportation will rebuild a highway intersection in Gary to create space for a double tracking project by the South Shore Commuter rail line.

The work affects the junction of U.S. Routes 12 and 20 in Gary’s Miller neighborhood could begin as soon as Thursday.

The project is expected to be completed by September. It will allow for an expanded station and parking lots.

Road Still Blocked by Derailment Debris

December 30, 2020

Cleanup of a Norfolk Southern derailment in Gary, Indiana, is continuing and as a result a major road near the site remains closed.

The 20-car derailment, which occurred on Dec. 23, did not result in any injuries or the spillage of hazardous materials.

Although the rail line was reopened soon after the derailment, U.S. Route 12 is expected to remain closed for more than a week.

The highway is a primary artery in Gary. Officials said mechanical debris remains along the highway, which is near Indiana Dunes National Park.

The derailment involved a 123-car train headed from Chicago to Elkhart, Indiana.

NS spokesman Jeff DeGraff said Monday the cause of the derailment is still under investigation and workers are continuing to clear the site and make repairs to the track infrastructure.

Much of the wreckage involved overturned covered hopper cars.

NS Trail Derails in Gary, Indiana

December 26, 2020

No injuries were reported and no hazardous material was spilled in the derailment on Wednesday of Norfolk Southern train 12N in Gary, Indiana.

The derailment of 20 cars occurred at about 11:30 a.m. near milepost 490 and adjacent to the tracks of the South Shore commuter railroad.

The NS wreckage did not foul the South Shore tracks, but trains on that line were operating at reduced speed past the derailment site.

News reports indicated that some cars in the 132-car NS train had placards indicating they were carrying hazardous materials, but none of them spilled their contents.

The derailment occurred 84 cars deep into the consist. The train had originated in Chicago and was bound for Elkhart, Indiana.

The derailment blocked Amtrak service to Michigan with the westbound Wolverine Service train from Detroit (Pontiac) to Chicago being turned back at Michigan City.

Passengers on the affected trains were provided alternative transportation.

Contract Awarded in South Shore Project

December 2, 2020

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District Board of Trustees has approved a $2.7 million contract for demolition work in Michigan City, Indiana, that is part of a project to double-track the South Shore commuter line.

Green Demolition of Chicago won the contract that is part of the project to build 17 miles of second main and remake Michigan City’s signature street running, including closing 21 grade crossings.

The new track, which will be laid between Michigan City and Gary, Indiana, includes four new bridges and eight new station platforms.

Work is expected to begin next summer if NITCD receives a Federal Transit Administration grant as expected in early 2021.

FTA Awards Grant to South Shore Project

August 27, 2020

The Federal Transit Administration announced this week it is awarding $400 million in grants transit infrastructure projects in Arizona, Indiana, Missouri and New Jersey.

The Indiana projected involves building 26.6 miles of second track for the South Shore Commuter line in Gary.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District will receive $50.6 million to help fund the project, which is currently in the engineering phase.

In a news release, FTA officials said the projects that received funding are advancing toward readiness to receive a Full Funding Grant Agreement under FTA’s Capital Investment Grants Program.

The projects must meet additional requirements in law before a grant can be awarded.

U.S. Steel to Idle Much of its Great Lakes Works

December 23, 2019

U.S. Steel plans to lay off more than 1,000 workers in the Detroit area as it begins idling next spring what it termed a significant portion of its Great Lakes Works in Ecorse and River Rouge.

By the end of 2020 the company said the hot strip mill rolling facility will be idled.

The Pittsburgh-based company said production now done at Great Lakes Works will shift to a plant in Gary, Indiana.

The idling will result in layoffs for 1,545 workers U.S. Steel said of the move, which it framed as a response to market demand.

In a news release, U.S. Steel said no employees at the Zug Island plant will lose their jobs before next April.

The news release said the final number of layoffs at Great Lakes Works might be lower than 1,545 because some operations will continue.

These include the pickle line, cold mill, sheet temper mill, continuous galvanizing line, annealing and warehouses.

“Transitioning production currently at Great Lakes Works to Gary Works will enable increased efficiency in the use of our assets, improve our ability to meet our customers’ needs for sustainable steel solutions and will help our company get to our future state faster,” said David Burritt, president and CEO of U.S. Steel, said in a statement.

The statement said the company took into account current market conditions and the long-term outlook for the Great Lakes Works.

The latest move is the second time that production at the Great Lakes Works has been curtailed.

Last August the company announced it was temporarily laying off 200 workers due to idling a furnace due to reduced consumer demand and market conditions.

Crain’s Detroit Business reported that the impact of tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration on Chinese steel imports two years ago may have contributed to the decision to idle the Great Lake Works.

The magazine said U.S. Steel ramped up production at a time when the global economy was cooling and that undercut demand and led to lower prices for steel.

Industry observers have noted that U.S. Steel has older production facilities that are less efficient than those of rival steel companies that use mini mill production.

U.S. Steel has had a series of different strategies in the past two years, leading some to “raise concerns that there’s no long-term, overriding execution capability to improve competitiveness,” wrote Richard Bourke, a senior credit analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence, in a note to investors.  “Cash costs from layoffs will likely exceed savings from the cuts, in our view.”

Bloomberg reported that the price of domestic steel is down about 40 percent from its 2018 high, which it reached a few weeks after the tariffs were imposed.

U.S. Steel shares have fallen in value this year by a about a third, hitting their lowest levels since October 2016.

Bloomberg said the company expects to report a 98 percent drop in profits for 2019.

The idling of the Great Lakes Works has raised questions about how well U.S. Steel will be able to supply steel for automotive industry parts after it moves production from Detroit to Indiana.

“They just idled their main automotive mill,” said Dan DeMare, a regional sales manager for Heidtman Steel, a Toledo, Ohio-based steel distributor. “They have bet everything on their commercial ability to be viable and offer the cost to market that’s required, and they’re going to have facilities, equipment and a plan to execute. They’ve failed miserably at that so far.”

In an interview with Bloomberg Television, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross contended that the idling of the Great Lake Works plant doesn’t mean that the steel tariffs aren’t working.

Ross argued that U.S. Steel suffers from high costs and that many of those losing their jobs will be able to find work at nearby General Motors and Ford Motor plants.

South Shore Leases Track from CN in Gary

January 30, 2018

The Chicago South Shore & South Bend has leased five miles of track from Canadian National to enhance its interchange of traffic with the Class 1 carrier.

The track is located in Gary, Indiana, and will enable the South Shore to provide a higher frequency of service said the railroad’s owner, Anacostia Rail Holdings, in a news release.

“We see this as part of our longstanding commitment to customers by ensuring efficient interchange with all our Chicago-area connections,” said Eric Jakubowski, vice president and chief commercial officer for Anacostia Rail in a statement. “Gary has long been a great place for us to do business and this lease will make it possible for us to do an even better job.”

The South Shore has 127 routes miles between Chicago and South Bend, Indiana, and is one of six railroads operated by Anacostia.

TIGER Grant South for South Shore Improvements

June 18, 2015

Gary, Indiana, is seeking a Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant to help pay for a $27 million project designed to cut the travel time for South Shore commuter trains.

If the U.S. Department of Transportation approves the TIGER grant, it would be used to rebuild three stations, including the Lake Street station in Miller.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District, which operates the South Shore, wants to install high-level platforms at the Miller, Gary Metro and Ogden Dunes stations.

NICTD would also install double track and straighten some curves in the area.

The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority last month approved Gary’s request for $4.26 million to be used as part of the local match for the $21.05 million federal grant.

Gary would contribute another $1 million and $860,000 would be paid by NITCD.

The project is a joint effort among the city, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revitalize four city neighborhoods, including Miller.