The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to remove and replace two structures on State Road 7 in Lancaster Township of Jefferson County this spring, each requiring closures of the north-south highway for up to 30 days.
INDOT officials recently met with its contractor to discuss the $594,856 project which calls for construction of a new S.R. 7 bridge over Bear Creek just south of the Jennings County line and replacement of a drainage structure over a tributary of Camp Creek at Dupont.
Milestone, the state’s contractor, will begin clearing operations at both construction sites within weeks. Once cleared, utility companies can relocate services that might be within project areas.
A new 3-sided reinforced concrete culvert will be installed just south of Main Street at Dupont. It will have an 11-foot span with 32 feet of clear roadway side-to-side. The state highway detour reroutes motorists via S.R. 62, S.R. 256 and S.R. 3.
Once S.R. 7 reopens at Dupont, it will close at the Bear Creek site, located 7.15 miles north of S.R. 250. Traffic will detour around the bridge site via S.R. 3 and S.R. 256.
The new S.R. 7 Bear Creek bridge will be a 3-sided perpendicular span measuring 20½ feet with 32 feet of clear roadway side-to-side.