- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DILLSBORO, Ind. (AP) - The state has reopened a section of a southeastern Indiana highway that was damaged by failing hillsides and heavy rain that caused the pavement to sink.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says repairs have been completed on a section of Indiana 262 south of U.S. 50. The highway in Dearborn and Ohio counties had been closed to traffic since early April. Temporary signs were removed from the 2-mile stretch of road on Tuesday.

The department says a contractor drove 20-foot steel shafts into the slopes to secure the hillsides. Crews also installed several new drainage pipes under the road and repaired the asphalt.

Officials say heavy rain caused the roadside elevation to sink about 18 inches in a rural area about 25 miles southwest of Cincinnati.

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