INDOT plans to have Highway 56 open by start of festival


 If all goes as planned, officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation expect State Road 56 near Lamb to re-open this Wednesday, August 21st.

  The re-opening of the roadway, which has been closed for approximately a month as the bridge spanning Green Valley Creek was replaced, is good news for the community in general and also for the board of directors of the Swiss Wine Festival, which is set to begin the following day, Thursday, August 22nd.

  The road being open between Vevay and Madison will make it much easier for visitors to get to the festival.

  All of this hinges on weather permitting the work to continue.

  Natalie Garrett, public relations director for INDOT, said that crews are expecting to pave this week, and will install the guardrail this Monday, August 19th.

  Garrett said that in addition, the bridge project over Tucker Run (just east of Lamb) is still ongoing. Crews will be pouring the phase two bridge deck tomorrow (Friday, August 16th).

  This project is expected to be complete by mid-September or early-October. The temporary traffic signal remains in place, so those traveling on State Road 56 to the festival will want to watch for stopped traffic near that area.