INDOT Starting Phase 2 of Ind. 38 Project

Information reprinted with permission of the Courier Times, local newspaper New Castle, Indiana

INDOT sarting Phase 2 of Ind. 38 project

Posted: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 6:00 am

Milestone Contractors plans to begin part of the second phase of road construction on Ind. 38 (Broad Street) after Independence Day, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has announced.

Ind. 38 is currently closed in New Castle between Ind. 3 (Memorial Drive) and 31st Street for a $5.3 million construction project rebuilding or rehabilitating two miles of the road.

INDOT said pavement west of 15th Street is being rehabilitated and is ahead of schedule to complete Phase 1 this week and advance to Phase 2 starting on or after July 5. Pavement east of 15th Street is being completely rebuilt and is on schedule to start Phase 2 in August.

Phase 2 west of 15th Street

Milestone plans to begin Phase 2 between 12th and 15th streets by closing the intersection of Main Street and Broad Street on or after July 5 for partial pavement replacement expected to take one to two weeks, weather permitting.

Local access will then be made available at the Main Street intersection and access to and from 14th Street will be closed. Milestone plans to make local access available to and from 15th Street in August.

Ind. 38 will remain closed to through traffic. Switching to Phase 2 construction west of 15th Street will make local access available to and from intersecting streets west of 12th Street. Access to and from 12th Street will remain open throughout the project.

Phase 2 east of 15th Street

Phase 2 east of 15th Street is scheduled to begin in August and will close sections not completed during Phase 1.

The intersection of 31st Street to a drainage structure west of Imperial Drive will be closed.

Ind. 103 (18th Street) to 25th Street: Access to and from 25th Street will remain open. Other intersections on this section, including 18th Street, will be closed.

The Norfolk Southern railroad crossing between 15th and 16th streets will be closed for replacement in late August.

About the project

The project will improve two miles of Ind. 38 through New Castle. Pavement east of 15th Street will be completely rebuilt. Pavement west of 15th Street will be rehabilitated. Work will also include replacing sections of curb and sidewalks, modernizing curb ramps at intersections, and improving storm water drainage structures within the project limits.

Access to residences and businesses will be maintained. Other routes can provide access to local destinations. All closures will be sequenced to maintain access to local destinations while completing the project as safely and efficiently as possible.

Ind. 38 is expected to be fully open to traffic before the end of this year, and all work on the contract is expected to be complete before summer of 2018.

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