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June 27, 2014

Five Mile Lane bridge in Floyd County may reopen this year

Ground breaking for new connector road Tuesday

FLOYD COUNTY — There are 101 bridges in Floyd County that fall under the supervision of the Floyd County Commissioners.

All but two are currently open.

The commissioners recently had to close the bridge on Five Mile Lane following a state inspection.

Don Lopp, county planner and director of operations, said bridges are inspected every two years. Lopp said the hope was to keep the bridge on Five Mile Lane open and reduce it to one lane. But that was not possible, he said.

The decking on the bridge will have to be replaced. Lopp said Heritage Engineering is waiting on clearance from the Department of Natural Resources and Indiana Department of Environmental Management before proceeding. Once those permits are granted, work could begin early- to mid-fall and the bridge work could possibly be completed by the end of the year.

“Heritage put together a plan to replace the decking. Everything else on the bridge is in good shape,” Lopp said.

Lopp said at a recent commissioners meeting that he expects $85,000, from the county’s cumulative bridge fund, to cover the bridge decking costs.

Lopp said it is important to get the bridge repaired and opened as soon as possible.

“It affects a lot of farmers. There is a detour that is a longer way around,” he said.

The second bridge that is closed is the one on Stucky Road, which is behind Horseshoe Southern Indiana. That bridge is a joint project between Floyd and Harrison counties and the federal government. The bridge has been out of service around two years, Lopp said.

• The county commissioners, Lopp and others will hold a ground breaking ceremony at noon Tuesday, July 1 at the First Harrison Bank overflow parking area in Edwardsville for the project that will connect North Luther, Edwardsville-Galena and Tunnel Hill roads. Lopp said it will create a new t-intersection and should help ignite economic growth in the area. The road should be completed in 120 days.

The connector road project and the Five Mile Lane bridge repairs are 100 percent funded by the county. The funds for the connector road are from a recent bond that helped pay for the Spickert Knob Road repair.

• Work also continues along Old Vincennes Road. Sections of the road will be closed in the spring of 2015 which will affect traffic to and from Floyd Central High School. The work, to widen the road, is being paid for through 80 percent federal funds and 20 percent county funds.


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