6100 Southport Road

Portage, Indiana 46368

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Surface Transportation Committee (STC) Meeting

Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

Zoom Info:

Meeting ID: 852 0057 8478 Passcode: 447807

Ph: 3126266799

Annotated Agenda

1.0 Call to Order by Chairman and Pledge of Allegiance

2.0 Public Comment on Agenda Items

This is an opportunity for comments from members of the audience. The amount of time available to speak will be limited to 3 minutes. Commenters must indicate their wish to comment in advance with the Chair or NIRPC staff.

3.0 Minutes of November 2, 2021 (pp. 1-2)

Action Requested: Approval

4.0 Resolution 22-08: Recommending Roadway Functional Classification Changes (pp. 3- 5)

Action Requested: Vote to Recommend to the Technical Planning Committee.

    1. Staff Updates

      This is an opportunity for NIRPC staff to provide relevant updates.

    2. Safety Update for 4th Quarter 2021 Crashes

    3. Bridge Condition Update

    4. Travel Time Reliability, Truck Travel Time Reliability, and Congestion Update

    5. Asset Management Planning Update

    6. Fiscal Years 2023-2024 Unified Planning Work Program Development Update

6.0 Adjournment

The next STC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. at the NIRPC building.

The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, familial status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program.

Surface Transportation Committee NIRPC – Virtual Meeting November 2, 2021


This meeting was convened as an electronic meeting, pursuant to Governor Holcomb’s extended Executive Order 21-28. All persons were meeting remotely on a Zoom platform that allowed for real time interaction and supported the public’s ability to observe and record the proceedings. When the agenda item was provided for public comment, this was supported as well. A roll call was taken to motion and approve the agenda items.

Tom Schmitt called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call.

In attendance were Tom Schmitt, Jeff Huet (Schererville), David Wright (GPTC), Dean Button (Hammond), Don Oliphant (CBBEL), George Topoll (Union Township), Gerarld Swets (St. John), Mark O’Dell (Chesterton), Salvatore Di Bernardo, Michael Jabo (Valparaiso), and Tim Werner (CIORBA).

NIRPC staff present were Scott Weber, Candice Eklund, Kevin Polette, Thomas Dow, Peter Kimball, and Flor Baum.

On motion by Mark O’Dell and second by Gerald Swets, the committee voted to approve the April 6 meeting minutes.

There were no public comments.

Scott Weber presented on Resolution 21-19: Adopting Safety Performance Measure Targets for 2022. The resolution calls for the adoption of Indiana state performance targets for safety and actions requested for recommendation to the Technical Planning Committee (TPC) for approval. NIRPC will make changes to the five performance measures that INDOT has set targets for all public roads statewide. The amended text for the NWI 2050 Plan is as follows:

On motion by Gerald Swets and second by David Wright, with the correction of the amended text for the number of fatalities to reflect “no more than 876.0 in 2022,” in the FY 2022-2026 TIP, the

Surface Transportation Committee approved to recommend Resolution 21-19 to The Technical Planning Committee.

Peter Kimball and Scott Weber presented on the 2020 Census Data Presentation that gave an overview of the general population number changes from 2010 to 2020. The 2010 population in the NIRPC Region was 771,815 and has increased to 784,332 in 2020. NIRPC’s Region population growth between 2010 and 2020 was 1.6%. The Indianapolis area had a growth of 13.3%, South Bend had a 3.0% growth, and the Chicago area had a 1.7% growth. Southwest Michigan had a decrease of 1.4%. Municipal population changes from 2010 to 2020 were presented. North Lake County decreased in population. However, Southern Lake County experienced an increase in population. The City of Gary and Hammond, though being the most populated municipalities, has shown a decrease in population over the 10-year span. Crown Point, St. John, and Winfield showed the highest increase in population from 2010 to 2020. The 2020 housing units per census tract was presented. The data obtained will go into the Long-Range Plan. The 2020 percent of minorities by census tract information will go into updating environmental justice areas. For more information, please contact Peter Kimball at, or Scott Weber at

Staff Updates

Scott Weber and Peter Kimball spoke on all staff updates.

NIRPC staff is currently in contract communication with the firm for the Travel Demand Model update. The official announcement of the firm is slated for November 18 at the Full Commission meeting. The model includes portions of northeast Illinois in the Chicagoland area.

E-Commerce in NW Indiana Implementation was an award-winning plan with the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), and was adopted in fall 2020. The next step in the implementation process of the plan. Sub area plans within specific communities of The Region will be conducted.

NIRPC staff is working with The City of Gary on a sub-area planning effort.

INDOT has requested that NIRPC work with The City of East Chicago on the Dickey Rd and Riley Rd National Highway system removal. After a decade of closure, the Cline Ave. Bridge has re-opened. NIPRC will assist East Chicago in restoring the Cline Ave bridge span portion. NIRPC has determined that these changes will not affect any federal transportation funds the NIRPC controls.

NIRPC had their Federal Highway Administration Freight Program Assessment. It was last updated in 2018. All freight related planning documentation has been submitted and is being reviewed by the FHWA.

NIRPC and the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor met in September. They will work together in exchanging data that will assist with planning efforts for freight movement in and out of the port in our major roadways.

NIRPC is participating in the northwest regional TIM group (incident management group on major roadways).

The next STC meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. in the NIRPC building.

Hearing no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:33 a.m.





March 17, 2022

WHEREAS, Northwest Indiana’s citizens require a safe, efficient, effective, resource-conserving regional transportation system that maintains and enhances regional mobility and contributes to improving the quality of life in Northwest Indiana; and

WHEREAS, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, hereafter referred to as “the Commission”, being designated the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Lake, Porter and LaPorte County area, has established a regional, comprehensive, cooperative, and continuing (3-C) transportation planning process to develop the unified planning work program, a transportation plan, and a transportation improvement program to facilitate federal funding for communities, counties, and transit operators, and to provide technical assistance and expertise to regional transportation interests; and

WHEREAS, the Commission performs the above activities to satisfy requirements of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (PL 117-58), applicable portions of all prior federal transportation program authorizing legislation, as well as other federal, state, and local laws mandating or authorizing transportation planning activities; and

WHEREAS, the NWI 2050 Plan, the FY 2020-2024 & FY 2022-2026 Transportation Improvement Programs are products of a multi-modal, 3-C transportation planning process, compatible with regional goals and objectives and socio-economic and demographic factors; and

WHEREAS, the NWI 2050 Plan contains a regional map of the Roadway Functional Classification network on page 38; and

WHEREAS, the INDOT, MPO, & RPO Planning Cooperative Procedures Manual establishes a process in which the Commission in its role as a Metropolitan Planning Organization is responsible for submitting requests for Roadway Functional Classification changes to the Indiana Department of Transportation on an ongoing and as needed basis; and

WHEREAS, the Commission has received requests for Roadway Functional Classification changes by Local Public Agencies with jurisdiction over the requested road segments; and

WHEREAS, the Local Public Agencies have provided documentation for the reason of the Roadway Functional Classification change requests in a manner consistent with the practices and procedures of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Roadway Inventory Office and the Federal Highway

Administration’s Highway Functional Classification Concepts, Criteria and Procedures: 2013 Edition; and

WHEREAS, the changes to the NWI 2050 Plan brought about by these change requests fit the criteria of a technical amendment according to the Engage NWI plan

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission hereby recommends Roadway Functional Classification changes by making the following changes to the NWI 2050 Plan in a manner consistent with the definitions of a technical amendment as defined in Engage NWI and as shown on the attachment to this resolution.

Duly adopted by the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission this seventeenth day of March, 2022.



Justin Kiel Chairperson


Greg Stinson Secretary

Changes to the NWI 2050 Plan:

Page Number

Original Map Description

Amended Map Description


In the Town of St. John, Cline Ave between 93rd Ave and 101st Ave blank to indicate a non-existent and unplanned road segment.

In the Town of St. John, Cline Ave between 93rd Ave and 101st Ave colored green to indicate a future planned Minor Arterial.


In Porter County and the City of Valparaiso, 250 W between SR 130 and US 30 colored gray to indicate a Local Road.

In Porter County and the City of Valparaiso, 250 W between SR 130 and US 30 colored green to indicate a Minor Arterial.


Functional roadway classification


Other freeway or expressway Principal Arterial

Minor Arterial Major Collector

Minor Collector Local

Original NWI 2050 Map on p. 38


Functional roadway classification


Other freeway or expressway Principal Arterial

Minor Arterial Major Collector

Minor Collector Local

Amended NWI 2050 Map on p. 38