NICTD West Lake Corridor Project

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Construction Updates: West Lake Corridor (

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The Northwest Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) is constructing the West Lake Corridor Commuter Rail Project – an 8-mile southern branch extension of the South Shore Line to provide direct commuter rail service from Chicago, Illinois to the high-growth areas of central and southern Lake County, Indiana.

The project begins in Hammond and extends south through Munster to the Munster-Dyer town line. There will be two stations located in Munster: one on Manor Avenue, north of Ridge Road, and the other on the western extension of Main Street.

PRoject Area

The project purpose is to increase transportation options for central and southern Lake County residents, improve mobility and accessibility, and stimulate local job creation and economic development opportunities in Lake County. NICTD intends to be operating trains on the line by 2025.

Construction began on the Munster portion of the project in 2022.

  • Work began at the north end of town with the construction of two bridges over the Little Calumet River: one for the tracks and one for the Monon Trail.
  • Utilities, including the Town’s water and sewer mains, have been relocated to eliminate conflicts with the new tracks and supporting infrastructure.
  • North of Ridge Road, retaining walls have been constructed to support the new tracks.
  • Rough grading and storm sewer work have begun at the site of the Munster/Dyer station at the south end of the project.

Coming in 2023, expect to see work continuing south through Town. 

January 2023
Track work and noise wall installation between Fisher Street and Ridge Road
Jan/Feb 2023
Install pedestrian tunnel (Manor @ Sunnyside/Fairbanks) to bring Monon Trail east under tracks to the new bridge over Little Calumet River
March to May 2023
Work in Fisher Street right-of-way
May to October 2023
Work in Ridge Road right-of-way (phased)
July 2023
Construction to begin for Ridge Road station
August 2023
Bridges over Little Calumet River completed


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