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U.S. 52 Closes Near Brookville For Slide Correction

Posted On April 02, 2014

Press release from Indiana Department of Transportation

(Brookville, Ind.) – The Indiana Department of Transportation will close U.S. Highway 52 in Franklin County to all traffic between Brookville and Cedar Grove on Wednesday, April 2 in an emergency measure responding to rapid destabilization of a roadside slope.  Officials anticipate that the closure will continue for a number of weeks until slide repairs can be made.

An official detour routes traffic east of the closure along Interstate 74 to State Road 3 at Greensburg, north to S.R. 244 at Milroy, then east to U.S. 52 and east to Brookville.  From Brookville, the reverse route via S.R. 244, S.R. 3 and I-74 should be used by through-traffic.

Plans were made to make corrections at the slope after a March 20 review by INDOT’s on-call soil stabilization contractor.   But since the time of that review, conditions have deteriorated rapidly.  The highway itself is impacted.  Pavement has dropped up to five inches at places.  Elevated guardrail is now lower than the surface of the road.

INDOT officials concluded this morning that the U.S. 52 slope failure has become a risk to the motoring public.  With rains forecasted to begin Wednesday, a decision to close the highway east of Brookville was made.

A specialty contractor has been retained to make necessary repairs at the slope site in mid-April.

For area highway information, monitor social media sites: www.Facebook.com/INDOTSoutheast and Twitter @INDOTSoutheast.  Verify travel plans at TrafficWise:  http://www.trafficwise.in.gov.