Prairie St Overpass

Prairie St Overpass

The Prairie Street Overpass project consisted of a new bridge to carry four traffic lanes on Prairie Street over Norfolk Southern Railroad.  In addition to the bridge, approximately 0.91 miles of new roadway was reconstructed.  The project widened Prairie Street to a four lane roadway from Main Street to Division Street with concrete curbs and gutters, six to ten feet-wide sidewalks, and storm sewers.  Main Street was be rebuilt from Willard Street to Indiana Avenue with new sewers, water mains, sidewalks, curb and gutters and roadway.  New traffic signals were installed at the intersections of Prairie Street and Main Street and Prairie Street and Middlebury Street.

A second bridge was added next to the roadway bridge to serve as a pedestrian bridge which allows the public to travel separated from the traffic.  The pedestrian bridge is ten feet wide and meets bicycle and ADA requirements.

The City of Elkhart has a long history with the railroads.  Throughout most of that history, the railroads have brought benefits to the people of Elkhart.  The railroads have provided jobs, commerce, and accessibility during the 120 years that they have been a part of Elkhart's daily life.  One of the few disadvantages the people of Elkhart have faced is the inconvenience of the railroad crossings.  In the past, we were not as mobile as we are now and the trains blocking our crossings were just a minor inconvenience.  Over the last 50 years, however, the number and length of trains have increased while at the same time, the population of Elkhart has increased along with the number of cars per household.  As of 2014, about 120 trains per day passing through Elkhart.

Project completed 2016

Project Location

Prairie St, S Main St, Middlebury St, Willard Ct, Bryson Ct, Stocker Ct

Prairie Street Overpass Project Render