U.S. 52 will be reduced to one lane next week.
(Dearborn County, Ind.) - Indiana Department of Transportation Contractor Eagle Painting Company is continuing work on a $1.3 million bridge rehabilitation and painting contract along I-74 in Dearborn and Decatur Counties. Crews plan to begin work on I-74 over U.S. 52 (Exit 169) in Dearborn County next week.
On or after Wednesday, August 24, U.S. 52 will be reduced to one lane with temporary traffic signals to allow contract crews to paint steel elements of the I-74 bridges over U.S. 52. Lane widths will be restricted to to 10 feet on U.S. 52 while work is in progress. Major traffic impacts are not expected on I-74. The project is anticipated to be complete by mid-October.
Other locations on the contract include I-74 over Johnson Fork Road, I-74 over Whites Hill Road, I-74 over Trackville Road and S.R. 46 over I-74 in Dearborn County, and New Point-Ross Road over I-74 in Decatur County. INDOT reminds drivers to slow down, avoid distractions, and consider worker safety when traveling through active construction zones.
Painting is one of many preservation techniques utilized by INDOT to extend the life of bridge structures. Prior to painting, beams and other components are sandblasted to remove existing rust and the new coat of paint acts as a sealant to protect from water, salt and other factors that may cause corrosion.