County Road 38/Kercher Bridge Project

CR 38 & Kercher Bridge

The opening of CR 38 from CR 17 to State Road 15 took place January 1, 2018. The project involved the reconstruction of about 3.7 miles of road and the replacement of the bridge carrying CR 38 over the Elkhart River. The cost of the project was $13.2 million dollars which included incentives of $643,000 to accelerate the construction so that the road could be opened to traffic by January 1, 2018. The increasing traffic demand warranted the improvement of the road corridor. CR 38 currently carries about 12,000 vehicles per day. It is estimated that the road will carry 16,000 vehicles per day in 20 years. Elkhart County partnered with the City of Goshen and the Indiana Department of Transportation to rebuild and widen the Kercher Road portion of the project and install a new traffic signal at the State Road 15 intersection. A new traffic signal has been constructed at the CR 21 intersection replacing the 4-way stop. The intersection at CR 19 remains a 2-way stop, but dedicated turn lanes have been added. The new bridge is twice as wide as the old bridge and includes 3 traffic lanes and a 10 foot wide sidewalk. Street lighting was added where the road crosses the Elkhart River/Goshen Pond.



Bridge Closing October 23-27

Bridge #155 on CR 26 between CR 113 and CR 13 over Yellow Creek will be closed to all traffic October 23 through 27 for maintenance. Crews will sand blast the bridge deck and place a 1.5 inch micro silica overlay and apply sealer.

Annual Supply and Material Bids

The annual supply and material bids will be opened at the Elkhart County Commissioner meeting on January 16th, 2017, at the Elkhart County Administrative Building, 117 North Second Street, Goshen, Indiana  46526 at 9:00 a.m. local time.

The legal notice for the bid can be found here:  NOTICE TO BIDDERS

The specifications for the bid can be found here:  2017 Material Bid Specifications

The bid results are here: 2017 Bids

Request for Proposal Announced

Elkhart County Commissioners are requesting proposals for a wastewater treatment study for the unicorporated communities of Foraker and Southwest.  More information can be found here:


Note:  If you downlaod a copy of this RFP, please notify the office.  If there is an addendum issued, you will then be notified, provided we have your email address.  Otherwise, you should check back perdiodically for any addendum issued.

Ash Road Closure July 18-20, 2016

Beginning Monday, July 18, 2016 crews representing AT&T require a closure of Ash Road approximately 200 feet south of McKinley Highway, and from McKinley north for approximately the same distance. The closure is estimated for a period of 3 days for which McKinley Highway will not be accessible from Ash Road. Access to all businesses will be maintained from Ash Road . The detour route will be posted and is as follows:

Ash Road northbound will exit onto westbound Jefferson Road, then west to Bittersweet Road and north back to McKinley.

Ash Road southbound will travel west on Edison to Bittersweet Road and then south to McKinley Highway.

During this time crews will be relocating underground utilities which cross Ash Road in a northwest to southeast direction.

All businesses south of McKinley will have access from Ash Road south of McKinley Highway or directly from McKinley where available.

As for any businesses north of McKinley, access will be from Ash Road north of McKinley or directly from McKinley Highway.


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