TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Temporary restrictions and closures are coming to Interstate-70 in Terre Haute.
That’s according to INDOT, who said the work is a four-phase project to work on the I-70 bridge that runs over U.S. 41.
Ben Leege, Construction Area Engineer with INDOT said the project is to address deterioration to the bridge deck including maintenance and repairs. “We’ve had concrete dropping on U.S. 41. Our maintenance crews are out here patching the bridge deck constantly.”
Blake Dollier, Public Relations Director for INDOT Crawfordsville District said, “All these phases of work are happening at the same location here on I-70 at the interchange of US 41.”
In the first phase of construction scheduled to begin on October 2 and last for around two weeks, traffic will reportedly be limited to a singular lane over the bridge.
The second phase, will see the introduction of 24-hour lane restrictions between Darwin Road and the U.S. 40/S.R. 46/641 interchange in the eastbound lanes of I-70. These restrictions are expected to begin on October 8 and last for approximately two weeks.
The third phase will include temporary road closure of the interstate on the bridge itself. With the official detour utilizing the exit and entrance ramps for westbound traffic to go around the closed bridge. During this period, INDOT said they will have a signal and signal technician as well as law enforcement stationed in the area to ensure traffic is moving correctly and safely through the area. This portion of the project is expected to only last for 12 hours overnight between 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 and 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct 8.
The fourth phase of the project will be similar to the third phase but for eastbound traffic. The official detour will also utilize the exit and entrance ramps to allow traffic past the closed bridge. This portion of the project will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14 starting at 9 p.m. and is expected to last for 12 hours until 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.
“All of these projects, I can’t emphasize enough, are just weather permitting,” Dollier said.
Drivers are encouraged to slow down when approaching the area and ensure they are focused on the road while traveling between the Darwin Road Exit and U.S. 46 Exit in Terre Haute throughout this project’s timeline.
“Please be courteous, keep your cell phones down, don’t drive distracted. We want to make sure that everybody gets the chance to go home to their families and that everybody has a safe day at the workplace,” Dollier added.
To stay up to date on traffic conditions and INDOT’s construction projects you can visit INDOT Trafficwise.