US 421 closure moves to Napoleon in July

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The north and south closures will be removed after the causeway and bridge are replaced

DECATUR/RIPLEY COUNTY, Indiana— Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. plans to close US 421 at the bridge over Laughery Creek on or after Wednesday, July 6, for a replacement project at Napoleon. The bridge is located just south of SR 229 and will remain closed from mid to late October.

Pavement and curb ramp replacement will also occur between SR 229 and CR 850 N. (Michigan Road). Traffic will be routed along the official detour that follows SR 229, SR 48, SR 129 and SR 350 for the duration of the work.

The contractor closed US 421 in early April to begin work on two construction contracts, totaling nearly $7 million in Decatur and Ripley counties. Works include replacing the causeway between Napoleon and Osgood and replacing bridges over the Vernon Fork Muscatatuck River and Laughery Creek. Paving is expected to be completed south of Napoleon in early July, when the road will reopen to traffic south of Michigan Road.

The US 421 bridge over the Vernon Fork Muscatatuck River is also set to reopen in early July following a replacement project. The bridge is located just over five miles north of SR 229 between CR 480 E. and CR 550 E. in Decatur County.

Both contracts were awarded to Dave O’Mara last year for a total of $6,990,868.79. INDOT reminds drivers to be extra careful, avoid distractions and consider worker safety when traversing active construction zones. All work is weather dependent and times are subject to change.

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