City of Rushville Indiana

State Road 44 Bridge To Close

State Road 44 bridge project starting east of Rushville
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has awarded a $474,817 contract to Duncan Robertson, Inc. to maintain and modernize the State Road 44 bridge over a branch of the Flatrock River located three miles east of State Road 3. Construction will begin on or after Thursday, Sept. 15.

Depending on weather, the project may be completed before the end of this year, or crews may break for winter between phases and then finish the project in the spring.

The first phase of work will reduce the speed limit to 45 MPH and replace the shoulder pavement near the bridge to prepare for shifting traffic during bridge construction.

The next two phases of construction will narrow traffic lanes to ten feet wide and shift lanes to share half of the roadway. One lane will remain open in both directions as crews repair and replace concrete components of the three-span 109-foot bridge and resurface the pavement approaches.

During the final phases of construction, a temporary traffic signal will regulate two directions of traffic sharing one lane across the bridge. Crews will apply a modified concrete overlay to the bridge deck. A bridge deck overlay is a protective wearing surface bonded to the existing concrete deck pavement. Bridge deck overlays preserve a structure’s concrete and steel and provide a renewed driving surface for motorists.

During 2016, INDOT is investing approximately $850 million on more than 770 projects across Indiana, including rehabilitating or replacing 471 bridges. These projects will bolster Indiana’s improving pavement and bridge conditions. Since 2013, INDOT-maintained bridges rated as fair or better have increased from 93 percent to 95.3 percent, above last year’s national average of 94 percent.

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