Bridge near Medora set to close for 60 days


Indiana Department of Transportation officials announced the bridge that carries State Road 235 over the East Fork White River will close for 60 days beginning Monday.

Crews will install a bridge deck overlay during the closure. The bridge, located east of Medora and about 2½ miles north of State Road 135, carries an estimated 820 vehicles each day.

Motorists can use State Road 135 and U.S. 50 as a detour.

The project is part of a $2,230,246 four-structure replacement for various bridges in Jackson County by E&B Paving.

Under the contract, a four-sided box culvert has been installed on State Road 235 5.8 miles north of State Road 135 carrying a tributary to the river. Intermediate pavement lifts have been placed, allowing two lanes of continuous traffic flow after an 11-day closure, but surface asphalt has yet to go down. Flaggers will be onsite for surface paving, placement of shoulder stone and guardrail installation.

On State Road 135, a deck extension has been poured at the three-span 132-foot-long bridge over Hough Creek in Brownstown. Bridge approaches are scheduled to be poured beginning next week. Meanwhile, single-lane traffic controlled by temporary signals continues while application of a bridge deck overlay takes place on half of the structure at a time. This bridge is located 0.96 miles south of U.S. 50.

Finally, replacement of a culvert on State Road 250 carrying Hough Creek at Brownstown is scheduled to begin within the next several weeks. Installation of the new 16-by-5-foot reinforced box structure measuring 26 feet in width will require a 30-day closure. Motorists are advised to detour around the site via State Road 11, U.S. 50 and State Road 39. Traffic count at the structure is 2,502 vehicles per day.

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