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May 17, 2014

I-69 construction projects underway

ANDERSON — Look for messages over the interstate as part of several construction projects during the summer months on Interstate 69 in and around Madison County.

Construction is already underway on the Main Street bridge in Anderson. The Indiana Department of Transportation is completely replacing the old structure, spokesman Harry Maginity said.

Maginity said he didn’t think any of the bridge supports would be replaced but the upper half of the bridge will be fitted with a new 213-foot steel beam.

Workers are currently setting up concrete barriers and extending the shoulders in anticipation of moving some lanes while the bridge is being replaced. Maginity said I-69 drivers can expect some delays northbound and southbound although they will not be significant.

Main Street near the highway will be closed for 75 days once the workers, who are being contracted by INDOT, start removing the top structure of the bridge. Maginity said the start of the closure is tentatively set for the middle of June. All traffic will be rerouted and I-69 could see an influx of drivers in that area. Maginity believes any delays will be small.

“We found a very low traffic count on that area of Main Street,” he said. “There will be some impact but not a very high one.”

Most of the work extending the shoulders and re-striping some of the lanes will be conducted at night to minimize traffic delays. Maginity said the crews will use concrete barriers to increase safety after two construction workers were killed last week on I-69 near Fishers.

“The barriers are there for the safety of the workers and drivers,” Maginity said. “But obviously, we all know it is a very dangerous work environment on the highways.”

Work is also underway on I-69 near Fishers as crews look to expand the highway to three lanes north and southbound. The lane expansion is designed to increase traffic flow and limit rush hour delays as more and more Madison County citizens are commuting to Marion and Hamilton counties.

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