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July 9, 2011

Hoosier Heartland highway taking shape

Work in Clymers area to continue for another year.

CLYMERS — Despite a wet spring, officials say work on the Clymers segment of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor is still on track to wrap up in about a year.

“There are a bunch of projects going on right now in that area,” said Jim Pinkerton of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Contractors are currently working on the 300 South project, which involves totally rebuilding the road on the north side of Ind. 25 to allow for semi-trailer traffic into The Andersons ethanol plant, ADM and Essroc.

Pinkerton said that project should be completed by the end of the month. When that road opens, he said, 325 West will be closed while a bridge is built in the area.

The bridge, Pinkerton said, will carry 325 West over the railroad tracks and the highway.

“There have been several bridge projects in the Clymers area. This is the final bridge in that area,” he said.

Pinkerton said the bridge piers are already up now. Contractors will be working on finishing the remainder of it.

He noted that the roads are finally starting to take shape as well, with “quite a bit” of new pavement already on the ground.

“We will put traffic on some of the new pavement by the fall,” Pinkerton said.

He explained that even by fall there won’t be four lanes of traffic open, but there will be one lane in each direction that is newly paved.

Bob Dunderman, distribution manager for Logansport Municipal Utilities, said LMU has had to do some utility relocation work in the Clymers area.

“We moved 69,000 and 13,000 volt lines to accommodate for the new road,” Dunderman said.

He said moving those types of lines is quite extensive. One, he said, feeds a substation and the other feeds all the customers in that area.

Dunderman said the project caused some small power outages for short periods of time while the lines were rerouted.

Most of that work, which is part of phase one in the project, is already done, he said.

Pinkerton said all of the rain Mother Nature dumped on the area this spring really delayed construction efforts for a while.

“It did slow things down a lot, but we’re still on track,” he said.

Pinkerton said he is hoping for a mild fall to extend this year’s construction season. He expects that the Clymers portion of the Hoosier Heartland Corridor will be completed by next spring or summer.

The Hoosier Heartland currently under construction is a 31-mile stretch of four-lane, divided highway between Logansport and Lafayette that is expected to shave off travel time between the two cities.

The whole corridor, Pinkerton said, is still on track to be completed by the end of 2013.

“We have a lot of work to do in the next two and a half years,” he said.

• Lindsey Ziliak is a staff writer at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or lindsey.ziliak@pharostribune.com.

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