Beginning next week, a well-traveled road south of Jewell Village will be off-limits for up to three months for a bridge replacement.
County Road 100S, east of County Road 400E, is scheduled to close beginning Monday, county highway engineer Danny Hollander said.
However, the start of the project could be delayed a day or two by inclement weather or possible relocation of a telephone line, Hollander said.
Besides replacing a bridge over a legal drain, the $545,734 project will also involve widening 1,200 feet of road leading up to the bridge, Hollander said.
“It’s a very busy road, so we try to improve the road for as much as the law will allow with available bridge funding,” Hollander said.
While the Bartholomew County Commissioners awarded the contract to Duncan-Robertson of Franklin on June 16, the agreement wasn’t finalized by both parties until this week.
Although the county had originally hoped to have 100 South reopened by harvest time, Hollander said “that might be pushing things a bit.”
For those who frequently drive in the area, there are a number of nearby roads leading to either U.S. 31 or State Road 7 that can be used for detours, Hollander said.