U.S. 31 bridge project delayed


Work originally scheduled to begin today on a multimillion dollar bridge rehabilitation project along U.S. 31 in Jackson County has been delayed due to weather and crew availability.

Now beginning Monday, the U.S. 31 overpass over Interstate 65 will close for 120 days (through mid- to late July) for superstructure replacement. The overpass is located approximately 4 miles north of State Road 250 in Uniontown.

The official detour for the closure will follow U.S. 31 to U.S. 50 to I-65 at Exit 36 in Crothersville. Shoulder closures and lane restrictions on the interstate will be necessary during bridge deck demolition and beam setting operations in addition to a 55 mph speed limit.

Work on the U.S. 31 bridge over Mutton Creek Ditch has been delayed to early May. The bridge will be restricted to one lane with a temporary traffic signal for application of a bridge deck overlay. The temporary signal will remain in place for 150 days. The bridge is located more than a mile north of I-65 between Uniontown and Seymour.

The Indiana Department of Transportation asks motorists to watch for slowed or stopped traffic, use extra caution and drive distraction-free through all work zones.

The contract completion date for the entire project is Sept. 30. All work is weather dependent.

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