U.S. 50 Slide To Be “Nailed” Near High School May 9-11


The Indiana Department of Transportation met with its specialty contractor this afternoon at INDOT Seymour District offices to coordinate schedules for correcting the slide at U.S. Highway 50 near Lawrenceburg High School between Arch Street/Tiger Blvd. and E. Third Street. 
Geostabilization International of Colorado tentatively plans to have crews and equipment on site next weekend—May 9, 10 and 11—to “soil nail” the unstable embankment that caused the westbound lane of U.S. 50 to drop seven inches early last month, producing severe pavement fracturing.  Forty 20-foot-long steel shafts 1½-inches in diameter will be drilled into the embankment across an 83 square yards area.  75 linear feet of mesh facing will then be secured to mitigate the slide.   
INDOT anticipates restricting westbound traffic on U.S. 50 to a single lane.  Both eastbound lanes should remain open during slide correction operations.
Meanwhile, the Lawrenceburg Conservancy District will install floodgates Sunday morning (MAY 3) closing U.S. Highway 50 between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and noon.  The floodgate drill is in compliance with Army Corps of Engineers preparedness requirements.  Traffic will be diverted to Interstate 275 under a permit granted by the Indiana Department of Transportation.
This past Thursday, workers readied the floodgate pockets for Sunday’s installation.  The pockets which secure floodgate beams hadn’t been cleaned for a number of years.
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