State planning $2.2 million bridge projects

The Indiana Department of Transportation conducted a preconstruction conference May 22 at the Seymour District offices to discuss operational schedules for a $2,230,246 bridge rehabilitation and small structure replacement project that will impact area traffic at four locations in Jackson County this summer and fall.

Attendees included personnel from E&B Paving, the prime contractor; Michael Baker International, the design firm for the project; and Jackson County Water Utility.

Bridges on State Road 135 and State Road 235 will each receive new bridge deck overlays, expansion joints and approach slabs after necessary repairs have been made.

The projects are:

A three-span 132-foot-long bridge over Hough Creek on State Road 135, 0.96 miles south of U.S. 50 in Brownstown. Single-lane traffic will be controlled by temporary signals while work takes place on one-half of the structure at a time. Operations are scheduled June 18 through mid-October.

A five-span 524-foot-long bridge over the East Fork White River on State Road 235, located east of Medora and 2.43 miles north of State Road 135. A 60-day closure is scheduled to begin Aug. 8. Motorists may detour via State Road 135 and U.S. 50.

Small structures on State Road 235 and State Road 250 will be replaced.

A small structure at a tributary of the White River on State Road 235, located north of Medora. This structure will be replaced by a 16-by-8-foot precast concrete box culvert measuring 70 feet in width. Work is scheduled to begin July 5. Motorists will encounter temporary signals controlling single-lane one-direction-at-a-time access during 45 days of construction activity. INDOT has been asked to assess merits of a proposed short-duration full closure in lieu of the 45-day single-lane restriction.)

A small structure at Hough Creek on State Road 250 just east of Brownstown. This structure will be replaced by a 16-by-5-foot reinforced box culvert measuring 26 feet in width. Operations, tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 13, will require a 30-day full closure. The state’s detour utilizes State Road 11, U.S. 50 and State Road 39.

The contractor will begin placing construction signage June 11 at the State Road 135 bridge site.