By Mike Perleberg
George Street Bridge in downtown Aurora.
(Aurora, Ind.) – Construction work on State Road 56 in downtown Aurora should be cleared up during the Aurora Farmers Fair next week.
Phase II of the $2 million SR 56 reconstruction project began in early August, forcing the closure of the George Street Bridge. The second phase has seen SR 56 torn up and rebuilt from Judiciary Street to George Street.
Paul Rohe Construction was hired by the Indiana Department of Transportation to do the work. Rick Seaver with the company said Phase II of the project should be completed by the start of the Aurora Farmers Fair next Wednesday, October 2.
The George Street Bridge should reopen to traffic on Tuesday, October 1 as long as weather permits, Seaver said.
Work crews will return to Aurora the week after the fair to begin the third and final phase of the project, which is expected to be complete in mid-November. Phase III will result in the closure of SR 56 from George Street to U.S. 50.
The reconstruction project includes the installation of new asphalt, curbs, gutters, ADA-compliant sidewalks, street approaches, and landscaping along SR 56 through downtown.
There will be one other highway project going on in Aurora during the fair, however. This week, Paul Rohe Construction began a repaving project on U.S. 50 between Dutch Hollow Road and State Road 350. The highway is down to one lane in each direction now through the completion also in mid-November.