Damaged SR 262 Closed Through End Of April
By Mike Perleberg
(Dillsboro, Ind.) – Bad news came Monday for some local commuters as they learned State Road 262 near Dillsboro is going to remain closed a while longer.
Last Thursday, the state highway was shut down due to heavy rains washing out a portion of the road. On Monday, the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Southeast office announced that unstable soil conditions threaten the integrity of the roadway and driver safety.
Now, S.R. 262 will remain closed through to through-traffic during the month of April. Residents will still have access to their homes via S.R. 262 on either side of the barricades.
At the scene on Monday, engineers noted that S.R. 262 pavement in the southbound lane had dropped nearly three inches in the past week. The embankment adjacent to the highway is undermining the roadbed and sliding toward the bottom of the slope.
INDOT is retaining a specialty contractor to stabilize the slope through a process called “soil nailing”. A number of 20-foot steel shafts will be shot into the side of the embankment. Once the soil has been “nailed”, engineers will determine what pavement repairs are needed.
An official state highway detour will be established at a later date.