Bridge work to begin in Franklin

Franklin travelers can expect closures on a main road this week while workers install new bridge beams as part of a project to widen Interstate 65.

Today, tomorrow and Friday, crews will be putting in new bridge beams at the I-65 overpass on State Road 44 on the east side of Franklin, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation.

While workers are placing some of the beams, State Road 44 will need to be closed in 20-minute segments, the release said. That work is expected to be done on Friday, the release said. During that time, on- and off-ramps to the interstate will remain open, and state police will be directing traffic.

Twelve new beams are needed to support the bridge, which is being widened as part of an $84 million project to add a new lane in each direction of I-65 between Greenwood and Franklin, the release said.

Beams also will be needed at other bridges along the interstate, including over Hurricane Creek, between Whiteland and Franklin, and over Main Street in Greenwood.

Adding beams to the bridge over Main Street in Greenwood also will require closures, and that work is planned to be done next month, the release said.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2718.