Repairs on Clinton bridge set to begin April 1

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A bridge on State Road 163 in Clinton is among INDOT’s many infrastructure projects around Indiana as a part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s NextLevel roads program.

“We have the bridge just outside of Clinton that’s going to be restricted down to one lane while the bridge over the Wabash River is…the deck will be replaced,” said INDOT Communications Director for West Central IN Debbie Calder. “And the bridge will be widened through there.”

By April 1, the structure will be down to one lane while INDOT proceeds with 5.3 million dollars worth of updates.

“That’s going to be, you know a little bit more of an inconvenience. We’re going to have a traffic signal at the bridge,” said Calder. “So one lane of traffic will be allowed to go across the bridge at a time. And we’ll just probably ask people to add a few more minutes to their morning or afternoon commute.”

The bridge is a heavily trafficked structure, and Clinton Mayor Jack Gilfoy says the remodel is important to the town.

“That’s our main line, is that bridge. We have the hospital here in Clinton,” he said. “And a lot of people in Parke County they come across the bridge to go to work over in Illinois.”

Weather permitting, the repairs should be finished by November.

“I think that it’s going to be a great thing when they get it done and completed. It’ll be a lot smoother, a lot nicer, a lot more secure and safe,” said Gilfoy. “And I just think it’s gonna be a great thing for us.”
 

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