Section of U.S. 31 in Jackson County set to close

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close U.S. Highway 31, between U.S. 50 and State Road 250, in Jackson County for two-weeks while contractors remove and replace a 2,400-foot section of concrete pavement at Kriete Corner. Harry Maginity, INDOT spokesman, says that this closure is tentatively scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 31, weather permitting.

INDOT officials say that U.S. 31 will be open, to the construction site, for local traffic coming from the north. They add that there will be no local access between Kriete Corner and State Road 250 and that all through-traffic should detour around the closure via Interstate 65.

Maginity says that this work is part of a $5,188,987 rehabilitation project along 21 miles of U.S. 31 between U.S. 50 and Lake Road, just south of Scottsburg.

Dave O’Mara is the state’s contractor. Workers, say Maginity, will be making full-depth concrete patches and partial-depth asphalt patches on rural segments of U.S. 31 in both Jackson and Scott Counties. In addition to pavement repairs, he adds that the highway will be milled and resurfaced through Crothersville, between Marshall Street and Cindy Lane, as well as through Scottsburg and Austin, between Lake Road and the Muscatatuck River overflow bridge.

INDOT says that the work is contracted to be finished by November 15.