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I-69 work starts Monday

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A three-year, $34.7 million construction project on a northern Grant County portion of I-69 begins Monday, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT).

Drivers can expect lane restrictions for the next few weeks as contractors prepare to erect a temporary barrier in mid-April, when the section of the interstate between mile markers 263 and 271 will be reduced to one northbound lane, Nichole Hacha-Thomas, media relations director for INDOT Northeast Indiana, said.

What those lane restrictions will be will vary from day to day until the barrier is set up, Hacha-Thomas said.

The lane closures will allow crews to repave six miles of I-69 between mile markers 263 and 271.

The project also involves complete reconstruction of the interstate’s bridge over Ind. 18. The project also involves deck repair on the bridge over Tippy Ditch and bridge deck overlay work on the bridge over Baker Ditch and the bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks and County Road 450 North.

Later in the spring, the interstate will be restored to two lane traffic in both directions using lane shifts and crossovers in the median, Hacha-Thomas said. The northbound traffic will again be reduced to one lane in early fall, according to the current timeline.

Contractors hope to complete work on the northbound half of the interstate by the end of 2019 and will begin work on the southbound lanes in 2020, according to INDOT’s “tentative timeline.”

The project is expected to wrap up in late 2021, after some offroad work in the shoulders and medians of the project area.

Hacha-Thomas also said the construction areas will have reduced speed limits.

The contract for the bridge work was awarded to Primco, based in Fort Wayne.