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Slowdowns scheduled on I-69

Statement as issued Friday by INDOT:

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces rolling slowdowns of traffic on southbound I-69 will take place during nighttime hours next week, between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., beginning Sunday night, June 16, near mile 304. The slowdowns are to accommodate the placement of bridge beams on the Covington Road Bridge over I-69 at this location. Later in the week, northbound I-69 will experience rolling slowdowns in this area, as well.

On Sunday night, June 16, after 9 p.m., traffic on southbound I-69 will be intermittently slowed to 10 mph as beams are placed on the bridge. The Allen County Sheriff’s Department will assist with the rolling slowdowns, which may last up to 20 minutes each. Work is expected to take place over the southbound lanes up to, and possibly including, Tuesday night, June 18, weather permitting.

Beginning Tuesday night, June 18, or Wednesday night, June 19, work on the bridge will shift to take place over the northbound I-69 lanes. At this time, the rolling slowdowns will occur for northbound I-69 traffic. All slowdowns will be completed by 5 a.m. each morning. The bridge beam placement work is expected to be complete by 5 a.m. on Friday morning, June 21, weather permitting.

Motorists may wish to select alternate routes and/or plan accordingly for possible traffic delays on I-69.

The Covington Road bridge work includes bridge deck replacement and widening. The work entails removing the existing deck and railing down to the bridge beams; constructing wider bridge piers in the median of I-69 and along the outside shoulders of northbound and southbound I-69; and installing additional new bridge beams for a wider deck. The wider deck will allow for wider shoulders and additional width to accommodate the proposed Covington Road Trail, crossing over I-69. The adjacent portion of Covington Road work is part of the bridge contract. It will involve improvements at the Covington Road / Dicke Road intersection, including the installation of a new traffic signal.

The project was awarded to Primco based on the low bid of $2.4 million. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in the late fall of 2013.

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