Road Work Ahead

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We’re halfway through “Work Zone Awareness Week,” but police and highway officials hope you’ll continue to be vigilant.

That’s because construction season is just getting started and the Indiana Department of Transportation has some big projects underway.

While raindrops covered the windshield early Thursday morning, it’s hard to believe road construction season is upon us in the Valley.

“The signage is there, a warning through there we’re asking you to simply slow down, use patience, and travel through the zone. The recipe is very simple. Be alert, be aware, be safe.”

Not just safe for you, but those working along the roads, because in Terre Haute, workzones are everywhere.

641 and 46 near Exit 11 will see quite a bit of work as INDOT puts the finishing touches on the Bypass as well as finishing the ramp onto I-70.

“It’s down to one lane, there’s a lot of resurfacing yet we have to put the top layer of asphalt on the one section, we also have to do a lot of work on the southbound lanes for 641 here so and tying it all in with the ramp work so it’s going to be down to one lane for quite a while probably through early summer,” says Debbie Calder of INDOT.
  
Another spot causing drivers a headache is McDaniel Road off of 641. Northbound traffic on McDaniel Road is still blocked as contractors figure out a way to repair the overpass bridge. But INDOT says they’re making progress.

“We have asked Walsh Construction who has built the railroad bridge there on McDaniel Road to submit a repair proposal to INDOT and Vigo County we have both reviewed the proposal and right now there are some technical clarifications that we’re just asked of Walsh and given back to them as of yesterday as well as a proposal on investigating the other side of the MSE wall.”

Calder said after Walsh answers back and investigates the other side, work will be able to start and a deadline will be set.

In conjunction with “Workzone Awareness Week,” Indiana State Police Troopers visited the INDOT garage in Terre Haute. They talked about safety issues with INDOT drivers and workers.

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