Bloomington motorists who usually commute the 45/46 Bypass will want to find an alternate route.
The section of the Bypass between East 10th Street and East 3rd Street is closed and will be for the next two weeks. The Indiana Rail Road is constructing a new railroad crossing, which will accommodate the future widening of the Bypass. Indiana Department of Transportation Public Information Director Will Wingfield, says updating the crossing will benefit motorist in the long run.
“It will accomplish a couple of things,” said Wingfield. “One, it’ll minimize the overall impact of traffic, but then secondly, the benefit of having a new railroad crossing that’s smoother and obviously will accommodate the new road width- it all works together.”
East bound motorists are detoured to follow 10th Street east to Pete Ellis Drive and south to 3rd Street. West bound motorists are detoured to follow 3rd Street to Smith Road and north to 10th Street. A temporary 3-way stop will accommodate an increase in traffic at Smith and 10th Streets. Local roads on the closed stretch of the Bypass can still be accessed from 3rd Street.
Wingfield advises motorists to allow for a little extra travel time. This construction project is expected to finish on June 27.