The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close State Road 129 at a slide site just north of C.R. 650 South—south of Versailles—on Tuesday morning (SEPTEMBER 27). Repairs will begin immediately to reestablish the embankment at Raccoon Creek where the wingwall of a bridge recently broke loose and slide into the stream. Operations are weather dependent.
A state highway detour routes motorists around the S.R. 129 closure via U.S. Highway 421 and S.R. 56.
GeoStabilization International, a contractor specializing in slide mitigation, is charged with reshaping the slope and inserting 30-foot-long steel “soil nails” to secure a series of steel plates. The plates will be topped with a broad band of shotcrete—forming a 25-foot-wide wall measuring 10 to 20 feet in height. This wall will dowelled to the bridge.
INDOT officials anticipate S.R. 129 should reopen within a week or 10 days.