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Railroad tracks to close for repairs


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Railroad tracks on the east end of Jonathan Moore Pike, just west of Jonesville Road, will close from 9:30 p.m. on May 31 to 2 p.m. on June. 1.

The short-term closing will allow crews from the Louisville & Indiana Railroads to repair tracks after heavy rains damaged the track base.

After the track panels are removed, workers will restore and compact base materials before the track panels are reinstalled, according to INDOT spokesman Harry Maginity.

 

Electronic signs warning of the closing were placed on Jonathan Moore Pike this week.

The time frame, from a Saturday night to a Sunday afternoon, was chosen because traffic volume then is normally minimal, Maginity said. However, it is subject to change if bad weather intervenes.

The official detour during the estimated 16-hour closing asks drivers to use State Road 11, County Road 450 South and the Walesboro-Ogilville interchange along Interstate 65.

Motorists might also choose to drive U.S. 31 between Taylorsville and Columbus, as well as southbound I-65, to reach State Road 46 West.

During past Jonathan Moore Pike road closings, drivers have also utilized Lowell Road, off U.S. 31 north of Columbus, and County Road 325 West, behind the Westhill Shopping Center, to get around the construction zone.

Extensive road work is scheduled to begin along 325 West this year, according to Bartholomew County Highway Engineer

Danny Hollander. County crews will widen the road and attempt to correct two dangerous curves between County Road 200N and the Lowell Bridge.

But since that project is still in the utility relocation phase, that third detour option will still be available, Hollander said.

Much of the damage to the crossing’s base was the result of extensive flooding that took place along the East Fork White River a few days before Christmas, Maginity said. On Dec. 23, 2013, the river reached its sixth-highest level ever, rising almost 7 feet above flood stage.

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