Emergency Operations Director
Traffic Delays From U.S. 50 To S.R. 56
Plus Lane Closures At Columbus
SOUTHEAST, Ind.—A second non-stop construction blitz will occur this weekend on Interstate 65 from Seymour to Scottsburg. Indiana Department of Transportation officials anticipate significant traffic back-ups, especially Friday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Motorists are urged to alter travel plans if possible to avoid traffic queues that could exceed four miles in length.
The normal work week for INDOT’s $54.7 million I-65 pavement project between U.S. Highway 50 and State Road 56 ends at 1 p.m. on Fridays and begins again at 6 p.m. on Sundays. This weekend’s continuous construction—along with an accelerated weekend schedule last month—will shorten the timeline for completing this project by six to eight weeks.
Lane closures through Saturday include:
• I-65 southbound left lane at mile marker 48.0
• Southbound right lane at mile marker 38.0
• Northbound left lane at mile marker 29.0 (reopens Friday)
• Northbound left lane at mile marker 44.0
• Nightly ramp closures for patching
Lane closures for the week beginning Sunday July 20:
• Northbound right lane at mile marker 29.0
• Northbound right lane at mile marker 39.0
• Northbound ramp at S.R. 56
• Northbound ramp at S.R. 256
John R. Jurgensen Company is the state’s prime contractor for renovating 21 lane miles of pavement and rehabilitating 20 bridges in Scott and Jackson County. Operations include full-depth concrete patching followed by milling and paving. The functional overlay is being placed in two lifts using a premium Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) material for the surface course.
Lane Closures At Columbus
Further north, I-65 motorists may experience traffic delays this weekend at Columbus where a $1,439,736 concrete pavement restoration project will close the northbound left lane between mile markers 67.0 and 70.0—and the southbound on-ramp from S.R. 46.
Restrictions begin at 7 p.m. Friday. They will be lifted at noon on Monday. A 45 mph speed limit will be enforced through the 1.6-mile construction zone when workers are present. There is an 11-foot width restriction through the zone for northbound traffic.
JACKSON COUNTY, Ind.—The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close State Road 11 next weekend (JULY 18-20) from its interchange with Interstate 65 at the Jonesville exit in northern Jackson County to the White River bridge north of Seymour. The state is repairing and overlaying bridge decks at four structures along the route. Motorists are advised to detour around the S.R. 11 bridge closures via I-65 and U.S. Highway 50.
Next Friday’s S.R. 11 closure begins at 8 a.m. for bridge repairs. Officials plan to reopen the north-south highway by 6 p.m. Sunday.
The following weekend (JULY 25-27), S.R. 11’s closure will begin at 1 p.m. Friday and continue through 6 p.m. Sunday while overlay applications are being made for all four bridge decks. Inclement weather could push this operation back a weekend.
CLR, Inc., of Vincennes is the state’s contractor for this $413,284 Seymour District bridge project. Its crews will place a polymeric overlay on bridge decks at four S.R. 11 structures.
• the 2-span 200-foot bridge over the East Fork of White River located 1.95 miles south of I-65
• the 4-span 202-foot I-Beam bridge over a White River overflow at .48 miles south of I-65
• the 6-span 400-foot I-Beam bridge over a White River overflow at .98 miles south of I-65
• the 7-span 467-foot I-Beam bridge over a White River overflow at 1.49 miles south of I-65
The “polycarb” overlay is placed in two lifts to form a three-eighths-inch coating of polymeric epoxy on top of the four bridge decks. This modified concrete material serves as a sealant against moisture intrusion to extend service life of the structures. Flint or granite chips will be mixed with the epoxy to elevate the coefficient of friction on the driving surface which improves maneuverability and stopping capabilities to improve safety for the motoring public.
Construction signs will be placed early next week to alert motorists to the weekend closures.