SR 56 Construction Project Entering Phase II
Press release from Indiana Department of Transportation
(Ohio County, Ind.) – Construction signs are being situated this week along State Road 56 to alert motorists of possible traffic shifts and lane restrictions in Randolph Township of Ohio County on the popular state route between Aurora and Rising Sun.
Phase II of a $3.7 million Indiana Department of Transportation project to correct sight distance concerns at Thuermer Hollow Road is underway for completion this construction season. Plans call for placing 67,000 yards of dirt to raise the elevation of S.R. 56 by as much as 14 feet. The project includes:
- Realignment of the S.R. 56-Theurmer Hollow Road intersection—moving Theurmer Hollow Road to the west approximately 100 feet
- Full-depth pavement construction that will accommodate two 12-foot lanes with shoulders
- Moderating curves on both S.R. 56 and Thuermer Hollow Road
- Installation of a 3-sided box culvert with pipe work for improved drainage
- Relocation of a section of Theurmer Hollow Creek—including replication of existing waterway attributes
INDOT officials do not anticipate significant disruptions to traffic flow. There will be occasional stoppages when trucks and equipment cross the roadway. At other times, flaggers may be present to direct motorists around various construction activities. But most of the time, two-way traffic will be shifted around work sites on narrowed lanes.
Ten-foot width restrictions are in effect and will be enforced. Trucks with wide loads are being directed around the S.R. 56 construction zone via S.R. 129 and U.S. Highway 50.
J.R. Jurgensen Company of Cincinnati is the state’s contractor for this project.