VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Drivers in Vermillion County will have the chance to learn about a project planned for the State Road 163 Bridge.

The bridge in question is located just east of Blanford. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the project will include rehabbing the bridge and reducing it to a single lane of travel with stop lights added to each end allowing bi-directional travel to alternate use.

INDOT says the bridge as it currently stands is deteriorating, and the project would improve its condition and extend the bridge’s lifespan by at least 30 years.

Work would begin in the summer of 2024 and the bridge would be closed for approximately eight months.

The informational public meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at South Vermillion High School. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. with the hearing expected to start at 6 p.m.

Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of ten (10) days following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to Richard Gilyeat, INDOT Project Manager, Crawfordsville District Office, 41 W. 300 North, Crawfordsville, IN 47933 or email. INDOT requests comments be postmarked by Wednesday, February 1, 2023, to be included as part of the public hearing record.

INDOT news release