- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2016

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) - State officials have not said when the long-delayed new bypass around Terre Haute will be fully open, although it had been slated to be ready by the end of December.

The southern-most stretch of the Indiana 641 bypass has been closed since Monday night after a section of a retaining wall collapsed under a bridge. That caused at least a 15-foot high pile of sand to pour out and exposed broken reinforcement-bar brackets.

Vigo County Engineer Jerry Netherlain told the (Terre Haute) Tribune-Star (https://bit.ly/2hxfn4R ) that engineering firms have inspected the wall but no immediate decisions have been made about repairs.

The four-lane bypass doesn’t use that bridge, which was built as part of a 6-mile project to link Interstate 70 and U.S. 41 around the city’s southeast side. Construction on the bypass began in 2003 and has been beset by delays.

The bypass section from U.S. 41 to the interchange with McDaniel Road, which goes over the damaged bridge, opened in October 2010.

State highway department spokeswoman Debbie Calder said she didn’t know when the bypass would open to traffic as work on guard rails, overhead signs and pavement markings isn’t complete. The McDaniel Road interchange could remain closed even if the bypass is opened, she said.


Information from: Tribune-Star, https://www.tribstar.com

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