Bridge work in Franklin delayed

Poor weather and equipment logistics has postponed bridge work in Franklin. Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Spokesman Harry Maginity says that their contractor will again try to set I-beams at Interstate 65’s bridge over State Road 44 at mile marker 90 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Maginity stresses that traffic will not be impacted until Friday. On that day, he says that a series of short-term closures of State Road 44 are tentatively scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Maginity says that State Road 44 will be closed in both directions in 20-minute intervals while 80-foot-long steel beams are extended overhead toward the interstate’s median area where additional travel lanes will be constructed later this year.

Maginity says that Indiana State Police will implement four or more 20-minute closures and direct I-65 ramp traffic at the Franklin exit. He adds that there are no plans to close the on and off-ramps. However, weather could continue to play a role, delaying this project further.