Sunman, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will shift all westbound traffic on Interstate 74 between State Road 101/Exit 156 and New Point Exit 143 to the left lane tomorrow (NOV 8) to facilitate removal of concrete barrier wall and placement of pavement markings along the right lane section.
INDOT officials anticipate reopening the westbound right lane on Sunday, November 11.
The westbound rest area closed this morning (NOV 7). This afternoon the eastbound rest area will reopen. INDOT officials anticipate reopening the westbound rest area Saturday (NOV 10).
Phase II operations along this 12.8-mile section of I-74 are coming to a close for the 2018 construction season in advance of winter weather.
Milestone is the prime contractor for this $61 million pavement replacement project from New Point in Decatur County–through part of Franklin County—to State Road 101 in Ripley County. It will build westbound I-74 lanes in 2019.
After Thanksgiving, a subcontractor will begin work at the embankment slide near Western Creek. The geohazard subcontractor will embed soil nails into bedrock, then affix a metal grid overcoated with shotcrete to form a stabilizing wall west of the creek. This will require closing a short section of eastbound I-74’s right lane and outside shoulder area at mile marker 153.7.