Bridges to be repaved, closed

Drivers can expect several bridges to be closed or under construction this year.

Commuters already were expecting closures to bridges near where Interstates 465 and 65 meet, and now, the state is planning several other projects.

Four bridges over I-65 in Johnson County will be closed for repairs this year. And the state is also planning work to a bridge along State Road 44, east of Johnson County.

Work is set to begin in the coming weeks.

Starting as soon as Monday, drivers can expect the lanes on northbound I-65, near I-465, to be shifted toward the median. And by mid-week, both northbound and southbound lanes on I-65 will be shifted toward the right shoulders so crews can begin building a concrete barrier wall, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Transportation. On March 11, two lanes of southbound I-65 will be shifted across the median.

Multiple lane closures will be required for the $19 million project to rebuild a total of six bridges, and ramps will also be closed, the release said.

In addition, the state is also planning other bridge projects.

Starting April 3, crews are planning to repave the bridge over Sugar Creek on State Road 44, more than 3 miles east of I-65 in Shelby County. Work is expected to be finished in early June, but the road is not planned to close. Crews will work on one side of the bridge at a time, according to a news release.

But four bridges in Johnson County that carry traffic over I-65 will be closing for repaving.

Work is set to begin on County Road 300N, north of State Road 44, in mid-April. The bridge is set to be closed for 10 days. Next will be County Road 100N, north of State Road 44, which is also set to close for 10 to 12 days in late April.

In May, County Road 250S, south of State Road 44, is set to close for 10 to 12 days.

And in June, Greensburg Road, south of State Road 44, is set to close for several months.

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