2 More Days Until Clinton Reopening

Courtesy of Journal Gazette

Clinton Street into downtown reopens Friday

By Friday evening rush hour, motorists should finally have a relatively smooth time getting in and out of downtown.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it will reopen the section of Clinton Street just south of State Boulevard on Friday. Removal of the detour and the switch of traffic to the newly constructed bridge should begin by midmorning, weather permitting.

The major southbound artery into downtown that carries U.S. 27 traffic was closed in March to replace the bridge over Spy Run Creek and soften the curve of the street south of the bridge.

The $2.1 million project also raised the bridge about 7 feet to avoid future flooding problems.

During construction, local traffic was diverted south onto one lane of the normally northbound Spy Run Avenue by using State Boulevard and Elizabeth Street.

Even after the street is open, there will be intermittent lane restrictions to allow contractors to rebuild the approaches to Elizabeth and Jacob streets. The entire project, including landscaping work, will be finished in late October.

When completed, it will end a multiyear run of detours and delays on the major route into downtown from the north.

In June, the city unveiled the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Bridge over the St. Marys River, just south of Spy Run Creek. That project began in the summer of 2010 and required lane closures for two years.

The northern bridge project required the entire road be closed.

This section of Clinton carried about 22,000 vehicles a day before it was closed. State officials say the reopening of Clinton is one day earlier than anticipated.

-Journal Gazette

Original article can be found HERE

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