Next section of U.S. 50 set to open

Phase II of the U.S. 50 bypass at North Vernon will open Wednesday, starting with a 1:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony just west of the east-end roundabout prior to removing barricades for unrestricted traffic flow.

Dave O’Mara, the state’s North Vernon-based contractor for the $22 million project between State Road 3 and an east terminus near County Road 75 East and Deer Creek Road in Jennings County, has completed 3.5 miles of new pavement construction and built two bridges — a three-span, 402-foot-long structure over the Muskatatuck River, and a single-span 97-foot-long overpass at CSX’s rail tracks, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.

The original contract for east-section bypass construction was expanded to include a roundabout connecting the new highway with existing U.S. 50 at the east terminus, INDOT said.

The Phase I/west-section construction of the U.S. 50 bypass — between County Road 400W and State Road 3 — was completed in 2013. A west-end roundabout will be build next year, INDOT said.