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Peterman Road to close for rail repairs

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A stretch of Peterman Road will be closed for about five days early next month during railroad crossing work.

Peterman Road will be closed at the railroad crossing between County Line Road and Fairview Road. The road will close the morning of Aug. 4 and is expected to reopen Aug. 8.

Indiana Rail Road Co., which has tracks across western Johnson County between Morgantown and Indianapolis, is replacing rail, installing new ties and replacing grade crossings as part of an overall project across Indiana.

Locally, that includes upgrades at 14 spots where tracks cross Johnson County streets, including crossings on Smith Valley Road and State Road 44. That work was expected to be completed by the end of August.

Part of the goal of the project is to allow trains to move faster.

Previously, the work closed a section of Smith Valley Road between Peterman Road and State Road 135.

The closing of Peterman Road could be delayed if work at the intersection of County Line Road and Morgantown Road, where the city of Indianapolis is repairing sections of the road, adding left-turn lanes in each direction and adding new street lights, isn’t complete by Aug. 4, a Johnson County Highway Department news release said.

Drivers should use Fairview Road and State Road 135 as a detour for Peterman Road, the news release said.

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