Intersection improvements to reduce backups around Elkhart’s River District

ELKHART (September 19, 2018) – Beginning Sunday, September 23, Elkhart residents will see a change in traffic pattern at a near-downtown intersection.

The traffic signal at Jackson Boulevard and Johnson/Prairie Street will be modified and new pavement striping will be added to allow for two right turn lanes from westbound Jackson Boulevard to northbound Johnson Street.

This improvement creates more capacity for the approximately 5,000 travelers who make this right turn each day, particularly during afternoon peak traffic hours. It also eliminates the need for a lane merge on Jackson Boulevard within the River District, which was recently reconfigured to increase safety and connectivity. Combined with the signal improvements completed last year at the intersection of Jackson Boulevard and Goshen Avenue, this change is expected to further reduce traffic backups in the area.

In addition to signals, pavement striping, and signage, lane delineators also will be in place for the next few months to help drivers navigate the new traffic pattern.

For questions or concerns, please contact Elkhart Right-of-Way Engineer Jeff Schaffer at 574-293- 2572 or