(Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the location of the closed bridge.)
Engineers were on site over the weekend to evaluate the condition of a northbound bridge that carries Interstate 65 over Wildcat Creek near Lafayette, Ind. Inspectors ordered the bridge closed on Friday, Aug. 7, after noticing that a riverbank pier had moved. The bridge was briefly open to traffic but then closed again, and officials are not sure when it will reopen for good.
The Indiana Department of Transportation released a statement on Saturday that included detour information and to say that the department continues to adjust traffic signals on nearby roads to adjust for pattern shifts.
“An estimated reopening date for the bridge will not be known until soils testing and analysis is completed,” transportation officials said according to the statement. “INDOT will work to provide updates as new information is available.”
Here’s what INDOT says about the detour:
“I-65 northbound merges to one lane and is diverted onto U.S. 52 at Exit 141 north of Lebanon. Follow U.S. 52 north for nearly 17 miles, then turn left at State Road 28. Follow S.R. 28 west for about 10 miles, then turn right onto U.S. 231. Follow U.S. 231 north for about 33 miles until it intersects I-65 again in White County.”
The department is using electronic messaging signs as far south as Louisville to alert highway users of the closure.
INDOT urges highway users to stay up to date on the department’s social media pages on Twitter and Facebook. A real-time traffic map is available here.
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