The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are planning to proceed with a bridge replacement project on US 27 over Norfolk Southern Railroad (NSRR) and local streets in the City of Richmond in Wayne County, Indiana. US 27 serves as the main north-south route for the downtown area. The existing bridge is approximately 0.3 mile north of westbound US 40.
The needs for this project are due to the deteriorated condition of the current structure. The existing 17-span noncontinuous bridge layout places unprotected piers in the middle of busy streets, and there are areas of collision damage. The pedestrian facilities on the bridge are substandard and do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Additionally, there are existing concrete staircases on all four quadrants of the bridge that are substandard and deteriorating.
The proposed project would replace the existing structure with an 8-span bridge on the same alignment, with minimal anticipated grade change. The segment of North F Street located at the north bridge abutment would be permanently closed to traffic and filled. The existing sidewalks on the bridge would be replaced with an ADA-compliant pedestrian facility on the west side of the bridge. The eastern sidewalk and staircases would be removed, while the western staircase would remain. Guardrail would be replaced as-needed.
During construction, US 27 would be closed to traffic and a detour would be provided. Construction is planned for 2023 and work would occur year-round.
A public meeting will be held to give the public an opportunity to comment on the project and look at details for construction. The in-person public information meeting will be held at the 4th Floor Blues Club, 923 E. Street, Richmond, Indiana 47374, on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There will be a presentation at 5:30 p.m. and repeated at 6:30 p.m.
Additionally, the presentation will be broadcast on Zoom by the City of Richmond. To register in advance for the webinar, please go to https://richmondindiana-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HReZdD89QIeRANRXI1jFeA [richmondindiana-gov.zoom.us]. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom presentation.