2010-10-22 / Front Page

Workers Utilize Weather To Stay Ahead On 231/67 Bridge Replacement Project

Iron workers entered into the work plans Thursday afternoon at the construction site on Spencer’s southwest side where HIS Contractors are working to replace a bridge spanning Meadow Brook Creek. Indiana Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Marvin Jenkins noted that workers recently completed the north footer and iron workers are currently placing resteel in the south footer, which is scheduled to be poured for the base of the footer today, Friday, with pedestal pouring slated for Monday. Jenkins noted that after a beam break, the box structure of the bridge can be set, which could be as early as a week from today. After the structure is set, back filling will follow for approximately one week with the paving process to begin thereafter. The $620,500 bridge replacement on U.S. 231/State Road 67 South is currently well ahead of the mid-December completion deadline.

Originally programmed for a rehabilitation in 1997, the scope of work changed to a bridge replacement. The former bridge was an Arch type structure, classified as functionally obsolete. Structurally INDOT deemed the bridge fine, but saw the need to widen the bridge, along with repairs in order to make the structure safer for traffic.

INDOT has established an official detour using state roads 46, 246 and 157, while a route-around has been established for local traffic only. The route-around utilizes Fifth Avenue and the old quarry road to transport local traffic a short distance south of the construction site and back onto 231/67.

Although several semi tractor-trailers and other oversized vehicles continue to unlawfully utilizing the route-around, the Spencer Police Department has indicated the area is being patrolled heavily and citations are being issued to semis, dump trucks and other oversized vehicles caught using the local-traffic-only route-around. (Staff Photo)

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