INDOT’s road work beginning through town

The Indiana Department of Transportation is starting work on State Road 135/Van Buren Street.

INDOT plans to pave one mile of the highway, from the State Road 46 intersection to Ridgeway Drive, sometime between April 1 and the Spring Blossom Parade May 7.

The project will begin with concrete work at curbs, ramps and sidewalks in early March, a press release from INDOT said.

The state must make inlets and outlets to the highway ADA-accessible, such as ramps at corners, said Town Utility Coordinator Sean Cassiday.

Sections of deteriorating sidewalks will be replaced before paving begins. Cassiday said that if INDOT has to repair a sidewalk — not counting the end pieces where a ramp would be — then it has to be brought up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. Cassiday said that width is 5 feet.

However, “they will not be widening sidewalks just to widen them. They have to be deteriorating or have some other reason to change it,” he said.

INDOT will not completely close the road, the press release said. Traffic may be restricted to a single lane as needed.

E&B Paving of Bloomington will do the $695,596 worth of asphalt work through downtown.

The contract completion date is June 30, but the contractor hopes to finish mainline paving before the May 7 Spring Blossom Parade, the press release said. “Of course, construction timelines are subject to spring weather,” it added.

Sara Clifford has been raising a family in Brown County since 2005 and leading the Brown County Democrat since late 2009. In addition to editor, she is the beat reporter for town government and writes columns, features and general news stories.