Work on Markland Bridge brings traffic to one lane

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The Indiana Department of Transportation will soon begin bridge work on the 680-foot, 6-span structure that carries State Road 101 over State Road 156 and Markland Dam in Switzerland County.

INDOT’s schedule calls for temporary signals to be installed at either end of the bridge early next week for single-lane traffic control.

American Contracting is the state’s contractor for this $822,014 bridge project located .28 miles south of State Road 156. The Jeffersonville contractor will mill off the existing bridge deck overlay and use a hydro-demolition process to dislodge any loose materials before making asphalt patches and applying a new 21/2-inch latex modified concrete overlay.

The rehabilitation project includes beam repairs and drainage improvements.

Motorists will cross the bridge one-direction-at-a-time.

Signals may begin operating as soon as today (Thursday, July 16th) allowing crews to place barrier wall. There will be access to State Road 101’s northbound lane while the southbound side is being repaired and overlaid.

INDOT officials anticipate that each side should require approximately three weeks for completion. There will be some flagging for traffic control on State Road 156 while work is occurring overhead.

October 30th is the contract’s completion date.