State Road 45 to close west of Helmsburg UPDATED April 20

UPDATE noon April 20:

The road closure for the State Road 45/Lick Creek bridge project has been pushed back to May 4 at the earliest, Commissioner Diana Biddle told a room of emergency responders this morning.

Reasons for the change included concern about cutting Jackson 3 and Jackson 4 voters off from their polling place May 3; not enough notice being given to county residents and county officials; and INDOT not having final details ready for work to start, Biddle said.

No INDOT representative attended the meeting.

Biddle distributed copies of the official detour routes north and south around the closure at Lick Creek Road and State Road 45.

Lanam Ridge is the preferred route for most through traffic on State Road 45, Brown County Highway Superintendent Mike Magner said; the hashed blue route that goes north is intended for local traffic.

Multiple signs will be posted to help locals and visitors find the preferred route. “We want to put people where we want them, not were they want to go,” Magner said.

Read more in the April 27 Brown County Democrat.


HELMSBURG — Replacing the bridge over Lick Creek on State Road 45 will force the closure of the highway starting Monday, April 25 and into September.

Drivers will not be able to intersect with State Road 45 at Lick Creek Road; it is part of the project site, the Indiana Department of Transportation said.

Brown County Highway Superintendent Mike Magner said no official detour has been set yet at the county level, but from the west end, the preferred eastbound and southbound detour would be Lanam Ridge.

From the west, Carmel Ridge Road can take drivers north and around the site; Cottonwood Road then cuts back over to Lick Creek Road.

Drivers coming from the east can take Helmsburg School Road or Railroad Road and Oak Ridge road to Dunaway Road to go north around the site; Dunaway intersects with Lick Creek.

From the east, Morrison Road takes drivers back to Helmsburg Road to go south toward Nashville.

The work involves demolishing the existing bridge at Lick Creek and replacing it with a three-span, 100-foot-long continuous reinforced concrete slab, INDOT said.

No firm end date was given for the work; INDOT said the timeline “extends into September.”

About 1,000 vehicles per day cross the bridge by INDOT’s count.