For the second time in a week, a major road has been closed for repairs in Southeastern Indiana. State highway crews have closed State Road 262 between Dillsboro and Milton in Dearborn County after unstable soil conditions developed that threaten driver safety.
INDOT officials noted that S.R. 262 pavement in the southbound lane had dropped nearly three inches in the past week. The embankment adjacent to the highway is undermining the roadbed and sliding toward the bottom of the slope.
The state is retaining a specialty contractor to stabilize the slope through a process called soil nailing. A number of 20-foot steel shafts will be shot into the side of the embankment, INDOT said. Once the soil has been nailed, highway crews will determine what pavement repairs are needed.
The road closure is expected to continue through the month.
Drivers will not be able to commute through the closure site located approximately three miles south of U.S. Highway 50. Residents have access to their homes via S.R. 262 on either side of the barricades.
INDOT closed a portion of U.S. 50 east of Brookville last week for emergency slide off repairs.