U.S. 50 North Vernon West
Phase II construction of the U.S. Highway 50 bypass at North Vernon began in June 2016. This 3¼-mile $18.4 million project extends from State Road 3 east to a terminus on existing U.S. 50 just west of Buckeye Street and C.R. 75 East.
Phase I construction west of S.R. 3 was opened to traffic in late 2013. It extends 4.5 miles on the north side of North Vernon to a treminus at C.R. 400 West where new pavement connects to existing roadway.
Phase II construction required clearing and excavation through woods and fields for the entire length of new highway, defined as two 12-foot asphalt lanes with paved shoulders extending 10 feet. The project includes new bridges of the Muskatatuck River - a 3-span concrete beam structure measuring 402 feet in length - and CSX rail tracks - a single span 97-foot-long structure.
Plans call for a roundabout where Phase II pavement connects with existing U.S. 50 at the east end of the project. A roundabout will also be constructed—under separate contract—at the west end of Phase I.
INDOT officials anticipate opening the east section of the U.S. 50 bypass at North Vernon to traffic in late summer/early fall of 2017.