The Indiana Department of Transportation held pre-construction meetings on Monday (1/8/18) with two contractors who were awarded bids on resurfacing US 50 through Ripley and Dearborn Counties.
The first contractor, Walsh Construction of Crown Point, will complete a $16,790,126 project that includes “white-top” resurfacing on U.S. 50 from State Road 101 to just west of Aurora. The contract calls for topping the east-west roadway with a 4½-inch concrete overlay that consulting engineers say could have a 20-year service life.
The white-top project includes a significant amount of concrete and asphalt patching, plus new driveway and road/street approaches. Traffic will be shifted to single lanes in each direction on one side of the highway—then the other—while milling and overlay operations take place.
Walsh hopes to mobilize in early February and begin actual construction activities by April 1. The construction contract has a completion date of November 15.
The other contractor, Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. will repair and resurface U.S. 50 from the Jennings/Ripley County line east to S.R. 101. Crews will begin forming 19 ADA-compliant curb ramps at Versailles in early April. At the same time, the North Vernon contractor will start making full- and partial-depth pavement repairs along the 17.5 mile-long route.
The state’s $4 million contract calls for resurfacing the section of U.S. 50 with a thin HMA asphalt overlay. This “black top” project includes drive and road/street approaches and installation of a center rumble strip. Motorists will encounter single-lane restrictions with flaggers directing traffic around worksites as needed.
The contract completion date is November 15.