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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Westbound lanes of Jonathan Moore Pike (State Road 46) on the west side of Columbus between State Road 11 and I-65 are covered with water, and police have rerouted that traffic to share what's normally the eastbound line.
If rising water levels force the road to become totally closed, travelers coming into Columbus from the Goeller Road area are going to have to find a different route to travel. One option, at least for now, is to go north on I-65 to U.S. 31, then head south and use Indianapolis Road and Mill Road to get downtown, said Ed Reuter, director of the Bartholomew County Emergency Operations 911 Center.
Local officials shut down State Road 11 in the Garden City about 8 p.m. Sunday.
The simultaneous closing of both highways eliminates the ability of drivers to utilize County Road 200 South, next to the Bartholomew County Fairgrounds, as a detour, Reuter said.
“The good news is that we don’t have school today, and many people aren’t working due to the Christmas holiday,” Reuter said. “But, nevertheless, State Road 46 West is going to be our most crucial area.”
The East Fork White River is due to crest about noon today in that area, but Reuter said it's impossible at this time to predict when Jonathan Moore Pike will completely reopen to traffic.
"It just really depends on how high the water gets," Reuter said.
County Engineer Danny Hollander said Monday morning that there were so many flooded roads that the county highway department ran out of high-water signs.
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