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Some Moving Closure Barrier, Using Unsafe Bridge

Posted On January 15, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

 

INDOT officials say drastic freezing and thawing conditions may have caused this hole to form in the bridge deck of the State Road 156 Grants Creek Bridge in Ohio County. INDOT

INDOT officials say drastic freezing and thawing conditions may have caused this hole to form in the bridge deck of the State Road 156 Grants Creek Bridge in Ohio County.
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(Ohio County, Ind.) – The Indiana Department of Transportation is warning people: do not move road closure barriers.

 

On Monday, the State Road 156 bridge at Grants Creek at the Ohio-Switzerland county line was shut down because a large hole developed in the bridge deck, allowing somebody to look straight through to the water below.

 

INDOT has placed barriers at the closed bridge. However, INDOT spokesperson Harry Maginity said that did not stop some motorists – on more than one occasion Tuesday – from moving the barriers and driving over the bridge anyways.

 

Maginity warns that people caught doing so could be cited or arrested.

 

Not only is it breaking the law, but it could be considered a waste of taxpayer money. Maginity said each time the barriers are moved, INDOT crews have to drive back to the bridge and reset them so that others won’t drive over the unsafe bridge.

 

INDOT does not yet have an estimate on when the SR 156 bridge may reopen. SR 56 is the official detour, though local travelers may find other routes utilizing county roads.

 

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