Motorists on U.S. 35 from Galveston to Logansport will have another two months of travel interruptions.
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, all paving on this stretch of road will be completed by the middle of next month. However, crews will then have to add the finishing touches, including pavement markings and work inspection, which will wrap up by mid- to late-September.
The impacted areas will include Galveston to Walton and then Walton to the concrete section of U.S. 35 near the four-lane road at Anoka Exchange, said Cassy Bajek of INDOT.
The asphalt work will begin on or about Monday, July 26, from Walton, just north of Ind. 218 and heading north to Logansport, paving each lane of traffic, Bajek said, adding that travel will be restricted to one lane. This will cause short delays, probably no longer than 10 to 15 minutes.
Once the repaving project has finished, workers will begin painting the surface and end with a complete inspection of the job.
Bajek said INDOT would be back during the spring of 2022 to work on the “bad areas.”
She was referring to such sites as the intersection of U.S. 35 and Ind. 18 in Galveston, where bumps and potholes continue to form, causing travel problems.
The current project “was designed to stop before the bad areas,” she said. “That section of the roadway will be on (a different) contract. Our INDOT maintenance units have tried fixing this area multiple times (with) deep patching and surface patching, and the potholes keep coming back.”
“The contract next year will address and fix the issue that is causing the potholes,” she said.
Meanwhile, INDOT crews also are focusing on difficulties with the repair work of the Third Street Bridge near Melbourne Avenue and Third Street.
Starting in April, the project was estimated to last approximately 75 days.
However, the bridge remains closed due to complications. “The scope of the work was changed to include the repair and addition of riprap on the south slope wall,” said Bajek. “This involves additional environmental permits to allow the contractor to work within the high-water elevation and limits of the Wabash River.”
Due to the environmental factor, INDOT is working with HNTB, an infrastructure design firm based out of Indianapolis, to expedite the permitting process.
Once approved, crews will have to remove the existing stone on the slope wall and install new riprap to protect the bank, Bajek explained, adding that if all goes as expected, the bridge work should be completed, opening travel to the public, around Aug. 15.
And as of this moment, Bajek said no additional work is slated for Cass County.