For a smaller community like Switzerland County, there is sure a lot of roadwork and construction going on and planned for this summer.
Natalie Garrett, Media Relations Director for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said that many of the projects are underway, while others are being delayed by something everyone has struggle with this summer — weather.
The biggest projects that INDOT currently has in the county involve the fixing of a slippage area on State Road 156 east of Vevay near the residence of Bud and Betty Hargrove and the construction of a new bridge on State Road 56 on the west side of the county near Lamb. There will also be work on State Road 250 west of Fairview; and a chip-seal paving project for State Road 129.
State Road 156
The section of road slipped early last month, with officials from INDOT completely closing State Road 156 on Tuesday, May 7th, directing all private traffic around the detour using Tapps Ridge Road and Markland Pike; and that included work by the Switzerland County Sheriff’s Department to keep commercial vehicles off of the detour.
Traffic remained closed until Monday, May 13th, when a temporary traffic light was installed, allowing for one way traffic and giving access between the Markland Dam and Vevay to all traffic — private and commercial.
Garrett said that work is currently underway to fix the slip area, and that the area engineer would be setting a timeline.
Workers in the area are currently doing a slide correction, including going down on the south side of the roadway below the road to reinforce the area.
Workers at the site hope that the correction will be completed and full traffic opened by July 4th, pending weather.
Bridge at Lamb
Construction crews have been building a new permanent bridge on the north side of State Road 56 at Lamb, and it is estimated that the highway will be closed to all traffic for approximately 30 days beginning this Monday, June 10th. That date, again, could be pushed back pending weather.
Although traffic has been able to continue to flow as workers from Milestone Contractors work on the project, the full closure will be necessary in order to tie the new bridge into the highway on both the east and west sides.
While that tie in is completed, the official state detour for the closure is State Road 129 and U.S. Highway 421; but travelers will be able to maneuver around the closure using Green Valley Road.
There is also the ongoing bridge replacement east of Lamb on State Road 56 that has limited traffic to one lane since last year, including the use of a stoplight. That project is continuing.
Chip-Seal on 129
This project was originally scheduled to be underway this week, but INDOT officials delayed the start of the re-paving project by a week. The chip-seal is now set to begin this Tuesday, June 11th, weather permitting.
INDOT said that the project will involve starting at Greenbriar Ridge and Smith Ridge roads in Moorefield, and will continue north on highway 129 to the junction of State Road 250 at Pleasant.
Work was originally scheduled to start this week that would have involved starting at State Road 56 west of Vevay and moving north to State Road 250; but that was hampered by weather, so the project will now start in Moorefield.
Travelers in that area should expect delays due to lane closures in the work zone; and INDOT said that flaggers will be at the area to help manage traffic flow.
State Road 250
A pre-cast box culvert will be installed approximately five miles east of State Road 129 on State Road 250.
Again, it all depends of weather, but it is expected that State Road 250 will be closed for approximately 20 days during the installation.
Travelers will need to access county roads to detour around the area. The official INDOT detour will be State Road 56 down to Vevay and then up State Road 129 to Pleasant.