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I-69 Cracks Near Patoka River Bridge Repaired

It took about six months from the time the cracks were noticed to have them repaired.

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Photo: Bill Shaw / Indiana Public Media

The road near a former mine started buckling several months ago.

A 250-foot stretch of Interstate-69 that leads to the Patoka River Bridge has reopened after it sunk several inches just months after opening.

State officials say it cost a quarter-million dollars to bolster the highway in an area that overtops a recently-closed underground mine.

The sinking was noticed in January, but crews needed to wait until spring when warmer temperatures made paving possible.

Gohmann Asphalt, the company that initially paved that stretch, made the fixes, and the state footed the bill.

Stan Jastrzebski

WFIU/WTIU News Senior Editor Stan Jastrzebski spent time as a reporter with WGN Radio in Chicago and as an editor at Network Indiana, an Indianapolis news service. Stan is the winner of awards from the Associated Press, the RTDNA, the Indiana Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He hosts WFIU's Ask the Mayor and anchors WTIU's InFocus.

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