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Road work closes through traffic on S.R. 135 to Salem

The second phase of the S.R. 135 construction project between Palmyra and Salem is nearing the stage where through traffic will be prohibited.
Detour signs are expected to be in place this week announcing the closure of the major thoroughfare in southern Washington County.
‘We have to be prepared to start April 16,’ said Marvin Jenkins, public information officer for the Indiana Dept. of Transportation.
Gohmann Asphalt and Construction Inc. in Clarksville is the contractor for the project, Jenkins said.
The first phase of the $14 million project, between Short’s Corner and just south of Salem, also required closing that stretch of the highway to through traffic. That stretch, approximately 7-1/2 miles long, was reopened in December 2004.
Jenkins said the weather hasn’t helped with the construction project, which was originally planned for completion sometime this year.
During this second phase, which encompasses about 7-1/2 miles, contractors are making improvements between U.S. 150 and Short’s Corner that include widening the two-lane road and straightening curves.
Shanks Hill, just north of Palmyra, is undergoing a major realignment. Numerous crashes, some resulting in death, have occurred on that stretch of S.R. 135.
Two bridges ‘ one over Bear Creek and the other over Blue River’s south fork ‘ will also be replaced.
Crews have spent the past several months removing trees and leveling the ground in preparation for the road improvements.
Jenkins said crews plan to do most of the work this year, with plans to reopen S.R. 135 to through traffic on Nov. 1.

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