Construction continues on U.S. 50
Construction work continues on U.S. 50 this week as chip seal begins on Ind. 350 and Jamison Road re-opens.
Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. will continue asphalt resurface work along U.S. 50 from Ind. 350 to Ind. 1. Signal and traffic marking activities will also take place along the route.
This past weekend, nights crews applied joint sealant on longitudinal joints between driving lanes in both east and westbound directions on U.S. 50. On Sunday and Monday nights paving crews began approach paving along U.S. 50.
Signal housing work is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 13, on side streets at signalized intersections along U.S. 50.
Work is scheduled to take place during daytime hours for the next few weeks. Minor to moderate traffic impacts are expected at these locations.
Crews are expected to begin traffic marking operations on Thursday, Aug. 15, with application of “ghost lines” and pavement grooves along U.S. 50. It is anticipated that the application of permanent pavement markings will begin Monday, Aug. 19.
All drivers are urged to slow down and use caution throughout the work zone on U.S. 50. The entire project is expected to be complete by late October. All work is weather dependent.
There was an unexpected temporary shutdown in the eastbound lane of U.S. 50 at Front Street in Lawrenceburg Friday, Aug. 9, when a possible pipe failure under the roadway resulted ina depression in the pavement. The depression was capped with a steel plate until necessary repairs can be completed.
Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews will begin chip seal preservation on a 2.5-mile section of Old S.R. 350 in Dearborn County and two 10-mile sections of Ind. 350 in Dearborn and Ripley counties Tuesday, Aug. 13, weather permitting.
Specific locations are:
Old S.R. 350: W junction of Ind. 350 to E junction of Ind. 350 (E of Mt. Sinai)
Ind. 350: .57 miles W of U.S. 421 (Hillcrest Drive) to 1.82 miles E of Ind. 101 (Dearborn/Ripley County line) and 1.82 miles E of Ind. 101 (Dearborn/Ripley County line) to 1.76 miles W of U.S. 50 (near South Dearborn Community School Corporation)
Motorists should expect delays in the area due to lane closures in the work zone. Flaggers will be present to manage traffic.
Chip sealing coats existing pavement with liquid asphalt, sealing cracks and providing waterproof protection. This extends the service life of the roadway and lowers maintenance costs. Small chips of limestone are used to cover the asphalt, preventing it from spraying vehicles or sticking to tires. The chips also restore surface friction for improved skid resistance, maneuverability, and driver safety. Chip seal is a cost-effective pavement preservation technique, saving $6 to $14 in taxpayer expenditures for every $1 invested in extending the life of a roadway.
Meanwhile Jamison Road is now open.
Jamison, which connects Harrison and Bright, was closed from March until last week to replace a nearby bridge.
Motorists used North Dearborn Road as an alternate route during construction.
Replacing the bridge, about 1.4 miles east of Bright at the Losecamp Road intersection, was awarded to the Paul H. Rohe Company.
The bridge was razed and replaced, and adjoining roadways also were upgraded.
Work included clearing, grubbing, earth excavation, grading, driveway restoration, asphalt, geotextiles, installation of various sized culverts, roadside ditching, and cast in place concrete, according to engineers.