Work continues on River Road


For many residents of Switzerland and Ohio counties, the ongoing road work on State Road 156 — River Road — between Vevay and Rising Sun has caused many weeks of detours and distractions.

  Immediately upon the completion and reopening of a section of the roadway in Switzerland County in early July, officials from the Indiana Department of Transportation and contractor Force Construction, moved further east on State Road 156 and closed a section of the highway for more repair.

  That slide correction is located at the bottom of North Landing where the roadway runs into State Road 156, and is still under repair as workers strive to keep future slips from happening while fixing the current one.

  Workers have poured pylons of concrete on the river side of the roadway to brace the road and prevent slipping, and will then fill in the area to make the final road surface more smooth for travelers.

  That work is taking time, as the Indiana Department of Transportation is saying that the road will remain officially closed to all traffic until early December. Officially, INDOT is telling drivers to use State Road 56 as the detour around the area; and barricades are set up on the roadway as far as 18 miles west of where the construction is.

  Local residents continue to be forced into using other detour routes in order to get around the work, which is about nine miles east of Patriot.

  Some residents are going north on State Road 250 out of Patriot to East Enterprise and then on to State Road 56 down into Rising Sun; while others are using county roads like Oatman Hill Road or Cole Road in Ohio County to get around, but both roads are rather narrow and winding, making travel more precarious, especially as travelers try and find quicker ways to get to and from work at the end of the day. Those coming from the west can access North Landing Road, which is also Lower Grant’s Creek Road, before getting to the construction area.

  On the other side of Switzerland County, it appears at bridge construction just east of the community of Lamb, which has seen a traffic light control one way traffic for most of the year, is about to be completed.

  Workers have been removing the concrete barriers running through the middle of the new bridge span that have divided traffic from the workers; so it appears that full access to that bridge will be restored soon.

  As with all work areas, drivers and reminded to pay attention to work and workers going on around them; as well as obey special traffic regulations in work areas.