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State Road 46 West, Indianapolis Road open


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COLUMBUS, Indiana — State Road 46 West and Indianapolis Road are now open, said Columbus Safety Spokesman Lt. Matt Myers.

A section of State Road 46 known as Jonathan Moore Pike was closed between 5:30 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Although the water level dropped steadily after the East Fork White River crested, reopening of Jonathan Moore Pike was delayed Tuesday when ice covered the asphalt. Traffic from both directions of State Road 46 had been diverted onto the eastbound lanes Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

Similar ice problems prevented road crews from reopening Indianapolis Road, which was closed Monday night, until 9:40 a.m. Tuesday. That closing was caused by rising waters along the Flatrock River, which rose 5.5 feet above flood stages before cresting Sunday night. The water level along the Flat Rock came within 6 inches of reaching the 10-year flood stage, Bergman said.

Some of the highest water levels on record were recorded earlier this week along rivers and streams in Bartholomew County.

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