Bridge work expected into October

Staff Reports

The Indiana Department of Transportation is making repairs and applying a new bridge deck overlay over the Muscatatuck River just south of Vernon — work will continue into early October.

Traffic has been shifted on State Roads 3 and 7 to the south side of the highway’s bridge, and two 10-foot lanes — one in each direction — remain open to motorists, according to a media release.

Drivers might encounter flaggers at the bridge site during milling operations, and brief delays may occur, Indiana Department of Transportation said.

RAM Construction, the state’s contractor, is placing a 3/8-inch polymeric deck overlay on the 430-foot-long Muscatatuck River bridge, which measures 44 feet side-to-side.

Polymeric epoxy will be placed in two lifts to seal the driving surface and extend service life of the 3-span concrete slab structure. Flint chips will be mixed with the epoxy to achieve long-last surface friction for better maneuverability and stopping capabilities, Indiana Department of Transportation said.

Phase I repair and overlay operations began Tuesday on the north half of the bridge. Once completed, Phase II traffic will shift to the north — allowing work to take place on the south half of the bridge. INDOT officials said they anticipate restoring traffic to two 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders by Oct. 3.