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Motorists in western Columbus and Interstate 65 drivers will face traffic snarls for the next few weeks, as a state contractor inspects the arch bridge over the interstate at Jonathan Moore Pike and the Robert N. Stewart Bridge at Second Street.
Harry Maginity, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said the I-65 bridge inspection will cause ramp closures and detours under the bridge Monday through Friday and then lane closures over the bridge for the following week.
The inspections will not involve any weekend work or weekend lane closures, including during the Sept. 28 Mill Race Marathon, Maginity said.
He said that from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday inspectors will look at the subsurface of the bridge. During those times:
Motorists heading northbound on I-65 can avoid the ramp closure by taking the State Road 11 exit north of Seymour, and southbound motorists can take the U.S. 31 exit at Edinburgh.
From Sept. 15 to 22, the deck of the I-65 bridge will be inspected between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Maginity said. During those inspections, one lane at a time will be closed over the bridge on the interstate, he said. The inspection work will not take place on Sept. 20.
During the inspections of the top side of the bridge, all of the ramps will be open.
The inspection team will begin work on the Robert N. Stewart Bridge at Second Street on Sept. 23 and finish with the upper deck inspections by Oct. 4.
The crews will close two lanes at a time on Jonathan Moore Pike/Second Street during the inspections.
The work will be done in three phases, during which traffic will be routed:
To the two northern lanes of the bridge.
To a northern lane and a southern lane of the bridge.
To the two southern lanes of the bridge.
Inspections below the Stewart Bridge will begin Oct. 7, and there will be no lane restrictions during that work.
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