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Historic Indiana Bridge To Undergo $1.8 Million Rehabilitation

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INDOT will continue to take comments from the public until August 31st to put toward a final consideration for the project. (Alex Eady, WTIU/WFIU News)

The Indiana Department of Transportation is making plans to revamp a historic bridge in Morgan County.

INDOT hosted a public hearing Thursday night so residents could learn more about the construction plans for the State Road 135 bridge over Indian Creek.

INDOT spokesperson Harry Maginity says the proposed project is an effort to save a structure that hasn’t seen a major restoration in nearly 40 years.

“With the age and the ware on this bridge where it is, the consideration has to be made either to replace the bridge or to totally refurbish it," says Maginity.

Proposed improvements include rivet replacements, new concrete approach slabs as well as general structure cleaning and repainting.

A major concern from residents was traffic flow during the rehabilitation. Maginity ensures that State Road 135 will remain open to two-lane traffic during the entire construction period.

"There will be a runaround where there will be, two 12 foot lanes plus shoulder run around so it is not going to slow traffic down at all," says Maginity. 

INDOT will continue to take comments from the public until August 31st to put toward a final consideration for the project.

Construction on the six-month project is set to begin in 2020.

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