INDOT closes I-65 twice in one week after infrastructure issue

BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Dorothy Loudon just wants to get home to Chicago after a road trip to Florida.

“We had a GPS and it was saying five more hours and we’re like ‘five more hours, yay’ and then this happened and we’re like now what?,” the Chicago resident said.

Loudon was one of the drivers detoured off I-65 onto U.S. 52. She stopped several miles north of the detour at a Dairy Queen, the first place drivers can stop.

“This was the first thing that we came to and if you look at the corners, it’s cornfields,” she said.

A detour around the area is in place. Motorists on I-65 northbound will merge to one lane, which is diverted onto U.S. 52 at Exit 141 north of Lebanon. Follow U.S. 52 north for nearly 17 miles, then turn left at State Road 28. Follow S.R. 28 west for about 10 miles, then turn right onto U.S. 231. Follow U.S. 231 north for about 33 miles until it intersects I-65 again in White County.

INDOT and law enforcement staff are helping to direct traffic where S.R. 28 turns north onto U.S. 231 at Romney. In addition, INDOT traffic engineers are monitoring traffic flow at U.S. 231 signals and adjusting timing patterns.

This is the second time the Wildcat Creek bridge has closed in one week. Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials said engineers had been monitoring the bridge since it re-opened Wednesday. Structural engineers chose to close the bridge again Friday after noticing infrastructure issues.

“We wouldn’t have reopened the bridge had we thought anything like this would happen,” INDOT West Centeral Communication’s Director Debbie Calder said. “We thought the repairs were made and we were going to continue to monitor it.”

She doesn’t believe the bridge will be reopened too soon.

INDOT said structural experts found that the existing riverbank pier had settled. Soil and geotechnical experts will be evaluating the area.

“We’re going to continue to investigate and find out what it is going to take to get the repairs needed and get it reopened as quickly and safely as possible,” she said.

But that doesn’t help those like Dorothy and Cassandra who had to add hours to their travel home.

INDOT does not have a timetable for when the interstate will be open again.

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