While Ind. 56 between Aurora and Rising Sun is slated to be closed for only 14 hours Monday, July 21, Thuermer Hollow Road will remain closed at its intersection with Ind. 56 until the realignment project is completed.
INDOT's contractor J.R. Jurgenson, Cincinnati, will shut down Ind. 56 from 7 p.m. July 21 until 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 22. Representatives from Jurgensen and INDOT met with Rising Sun city officials, Ohio County officials, as well as business and Rising Star casino representatives Friday, July 18, to discuss the closure.
Wedges on new pavement around the construction zone will be put in during the overnight closure, and when the road reopens it will be on new pavement, said Jurgensen representatives. The 14-hour closure beginning at 7 p.m. July 21 is weather permitting, and will be moved to July 22 if needed.
Thuermer Hollow Road will be closed from July 21 until the project is completed. The completion date is Nov. 7 per the contract.
The official INDOT detour calls for motorists to use the wide load detour through Switzerland County taking Ind. 129 to U.S. 50, however casino officials asked if there was an alternate route. INDOT said not officially, but police and Rising Mayor April Hautman suggested drivers to through French to Holmes Hill Road then to Salem Ridge and down Bellview into Rising Sun. Other routes also were mentioned.
Casino representatives said they would print maps for patrons, employees and others to use if they had to travel through the area during the closure period.
Meanwhile, any other work on Ind. 56 after the realignment at Thuermer Hollow is not in the picture over the next five years. The Grants Creek bridge however may be closed this winter and fixed, since it has a hole in it and is deteriorating.
Hautman asked about any plans for U.S. 50, and INDOT officials said the only project on the radar is for next year at the Tanners Creek bridge in Lawrenceburg. However, only half of the eastbound bridge will be shut down at a time, and should not have a major impact on traffic.
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