This week’s question for MAC, your Montgomery Answer Connection, came from a frequent guesser on Bits’n’Pieces, Mark Russell. Like a lot of us, Mark is ready to stop taking different routes around the detour on State Road 32.

Mark wrote:

Dear MAC,

I know the state gave a projected finish date for the project on 32, but I don’t remember what it is. I went to the DOT web site and could not find it. Can you tell me when it’s supposed to re-open?

Mark Russell

Dear Mark,

I wish all the questions were as easy to answer as this one. We gave Debbie Calder, the Communications Director for the Indiana Department of Transportation at the Crawfordsville office and she told us it is scheduled to reopen Nov. 3. She also gave us the original information about the project, which we’ll share here:

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces the State Road 32 Bridge over the Walnut Fork Creek, located approximately one mile east of Crawfordsville will close on or after Monday, July 22. The work includes a bridge deck replacement and rehabilitation on this bridge. 

The S.R. 32 Bridge over Walnut Fork is a single-span steel pony truss bridge built in 1940. The project will include the replacement of the bridge deck, approach slabs, and both bridge joints. New deck drains will be installed along with new railing. Bracing and truss members will be replaced in kind as needed and the entire bridge will be cleaned and painted to help preserve the bridge. 

The bridge is scheduled to be completed and the road reopened by the middle of November.  The detour follows S.R. 32/S.R.47 to U.S. 136 to Nucor Road and back to S.R. 32.

This project was awarded to ICC Group, Inc. for $3.26 million.  This project also includes work on the S.R. 32 Yountsville Bridge over Sugar Creek. This rehabilitation project is scheduled to be completed and the road reopened on August 16. 

MAC and observant readers noticed that back when this was sent on July 8, the finish date was supposed to be “the middle of November.” So Nov. 3 is ahead of schedule. A big thanks to the Ms. Calder, the DOT and all the workers! We appreciate it!

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