INDOT Projects to Impact Travel in LaPorte, Porter Counties


A number of road projects may have motorists adjusting their routes in the coming weeks. In LaPorte County, U.S. 6 will be closed between U.S. 35 and State Road 39 starting Monday until mid-August. INDOT says one lane in each direction will remain open for local traffic only. Through traffic is asked to use U.S. 35, U.S. 30, and State Road 39 as a detour.

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Potential Railroad Sale Could Complicate Efforts to Extend Erie Trail

The potential sale of North Judson’s short line railroad could complicate efforts to extend the North Judson Erie Trail. The Prairie Trails Club wants to extend the trail to the northwest, alongside the railroad tracks. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Larry Wickert told the town council Monday that in order to get a Next Level Trails grant from the state, it would help to have a permanent easement from the town.

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North Judson Woman Dead, After Car Lands Upside-Down in Ditch along State Road 39

Starke County Sheriff’s Office photo

A North Judson woman is dead, following a crash on State Road 39. The Starke County Sheriff’s Office says that just after 6:30 Saturday morning, it got a report of a Honda Civic submerged upside-down in a drainage ditch in the 1500 south block of the highway. When emergency responders arrived, they reportedly found Shari Lynn Zimmerman, 53, dead inside the car.

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