Public hearing scheduled for State Road 46 bridge replacement

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Indiana Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Batesville Memorial Public Library about the proposed bridge replacement on State Road 46 over Little Laughery Creek.The Indiana Bridge No. 046-24-03124A (NBI No. 17430) on State Road 46 over Little Laughery Creek is eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C because of its engineering significance as an exceptionally long example of a state-designed T-beam structure. As part of the Historic Bridge Inventory, initially the bridge was determined “Select” for preservation per the Programmatic Agreement Regarding Management and Preservation of Indiana’s Historic Bridges. Subsequent to the determination, the bridge’s condition, and the ability to rehabilitate the structure to meet current standards questioned the rationale for the “Select” designation and spurred a new alternative analysis. It was then determined to change the designation to “Non Select” and not suitable for preservation. The bridge has been marketed for re-use for over six months. Here is the information from the INDOT Historic Bridge Marketing website:This bridge has been previously listed or determined eligible for listing in the National Register or is a contributing resource within a historic district listed in the National Register. Therefore, this bridge was not reevaluated as part of this inventory project.The purpose of the public hearing is to offer all interested persons an opportunity to comment on current design plans for a proposed State Road 46 bridge replacement over Little Laughery Creek. The public comment period will end on Friday, November 2.The project will require SR 46 to be closed during construction while using the official detour on state maintained routes of SR 3, I-74, and SR 229, however local routes may be used by local traffic. Access to all businesses and residences shall be maintained and school corporations and emergency services will be notified prior to any construction in regard to the closure or delays prior to any construction. The project will also include, but not limited to, transitional construction at the approaches along with placement of rip rap for scour protection and guardrail as needed. The project will not require new permanent right of way.Prior to the public hearing date, the environmental findings, and preliminary design plans for the project are available for viewing at the following locations:Batesville Memorial Public Library, 131 N. Walnut St., Batesville, IN 47006 Phone# 812-934-4706INDOT Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Ln. Seymour, IN 47591 Phone# 855-463-6848INDOT Hearings Examiner, Indiana Government Center North, 100 N. Senate Ave. N642, Indianapolis, IN 46204, Phone# 317-234-0796last_img

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