I had a chance to take a drive yesterday evening and the construction projects seem to be going well. New wire up the entire length of the double track "Wilson to Wagner" (Ogden Dunes). Track 1 still has the temporary hanger loops on it so not quite finished. But trains can pass on the segment between CP 54 and CP 51.5.
According to the NICTD website news page
the August 7-8th line closing is canceled ... The Great Lakes Super Boat Grand Prix is in Michigan City that weekend and it appears that would be a bad weekend to not have trains. One other note from the webpage ... Amtrak will stop three additional Wolverine trains in Michigan City each day on the upcoming closure weekends. Last I checked one could book tickets on the August 7-8 weekend. More expensive but people can get there (if Union Station counts as "there").
There were a lot of people waiting for Chicago bound trains yesterday evening when I drove past. Looks like a lot of people still getting out and on the trains.
Michigan St in Michigan City is torn up at the rail crossing and westbound the detour isn't obvious. Eastbound the detour is simple but the residential streets are tight.
The CTC project east of Michigan City is progressing. I've noticed new signals at seven locations eastward to Birchim so far with the signals at Birchim still being installed. The west end of Birchim siding looks like a challenging place to get equipment for digging and hoisting. Will rail based equipment be used there instead of the regular diggers? The signals being placed will make Birchim a regular passing segment like Tamarack and Tremont. I'm expecting the same at Olive but construction has not got that far yet.
LaPorte County still hasn't finished their roads under the CR 200E and CR300E bridges replaced last year ... although it appears locals are just driving right through the mud. The "low clearance" signs are still up as well for the old 10'2" and 12' high bridges that have not been there since November.
I have not made it to Kensington to see if anything noticeable happened there in the past month or so. CN was working on their part of the interlocking switches at the beginning of June.