INDOT is rebuilding a 13-mile section of I-74 in northern Ripley County, southeast Franklin County, and southwest Decatur County. This $61 million pavement replacement project between interchanges at New Point (mile marker 143) and State Road 101 (mile marker 156) includes new bridge superstructures at Little Laughery Creek and Western Creek.
Milestone Contractors, LP, is the prime contractor for this project.
During 2018, all I-74 traffic will be shifted to westbound lanes while full-depth pavement replacement occurs in the eastbound lanes. One lane of traffic, separated by a concrete barrier wall, will be maintained in each direction on the westbound side of the highway.
Eastbound bridge superstructures will be replaced at Little Laughery Creek and Western Creek.
Traffic is scheduled to return to normal eastbound/westbound configuration by December 1.
Scheduled operations for 2019 include shifting all I-74 traffic to the rebuilt eastbound lanes, with one lane in each direction separated by a concrete barrier wall, while westbound lanes are reconstructed.
Westbound bridge superstructures will be replaced at Little Laughery Creek and Western Creek.
All traffic is scheduled to return to normal eastbound/westbound configuration by December 1.
Ancillary tasks, such as final clean-up and seeding, may continue into Spring 2020.
2017 operations focused on concrete pavement construction at the east and west end of the project limits, at the New Point and Penntown interchanges.
In addition to I-74 mainline pavement, contractors constructed median crossovers for traffic shifts in 2018 and 2019. These crossovers will be located just east of the New Point exit and just west of the Penntown exit.