State Road 56 on west side of county is now closed to traffic

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 The expected closure of State Road 56 on the west side of Switzerland County near the community of Lamb is now here.

  The project, which will replace a bridge over Green Valley Creek and create a new entrance and exit to and from the bridge for travelers. The original plan for the Indiana Department of Transportation was for the work to begin in early June, but weather and other factors have delayed the closure. Milestone Contractors was awarded the contract for the work by the state.

  INDOT had planned to close the roadway this past Monday, July 22nd, but then moved the closure back to yesterday (Wednesday, July 24th).

  The project supervisor stated that the road will be closed for no more than 30 days, and if all goes as planned, INDOT expects the roadway to reopen for all traffic on or before Wednesday, August 21st — the day before the opening of this year’s Swiss Wine Festival.

  The total cost of the project is $1.4 million.

  During the closure, the official state detour for traffic is State Road 129 north to U.S. 421 to Madison.

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  The closure of State Road 56 between Vevay and Madison is another issue that county drivers will need to maneuver around. The bridge on the east side of Lamb is still being rebuilt and a traffic light still limits the work to one lane; and the road slippage on State Road 156 east of Vevay near Plum Creek Road is still down to one lane of traffic with a traffic light.

  Some good news is that INDOT has finished the road work on State Road 250 west of Fairview, and it was fully reopened to traffic on Tuesday of this week.

  The work by the Army Corps of Engineers on a section of State Road 101 over the Markland Dam has been completed, the traffic light is down and all traffic has been restored.