Median u-turn project underway in Spencer Co

By Herald Staff

SPENCER COUNTY — The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane restrictions already in progress on U.S. 231 between Dale and Rockport for an intersection improvement project.

Currently, contractors are in phase one of construction, installing a reduced-conflict intersection, otherwise known as a median u-turn, on U.S. 231 at the intersection of State Road 70. Workers have the passing lanes both north and southbound closed while the new lanes for the median u-turn movements are installed. Also, as a part of phase one, work will begin on adding enhanced lighting at this location to assist with visibility for the new traffic movements. During this phase, one lane of traffic will remain open in either direction at all times and traffic will proceed through the intersection normally.

Phase two of the project is expected to begin in early to mid-June. During phase two, traffic will begin using the new reduced-conflict or median-u turn configuration while the north and southbound driving lanes are closed for construction.

Depending upon weather conditions, work is expected to be completed by early to mid-September. Restrictions will be in place around the clock. Open travel lanes are restricted to 14 feet. Loads wider than 14 feet should seek an alternate route using the nearest state-maintained interstate, U.S. or state routes.

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