It’s going to be trickier to get in and out of Brown County from the north for the next several weeks.
The iron truss bridge just south of Morgantown on State Road 135 North was closed April 22 because of structural and stress damage. It had been hit by a large vehicle in October, and the Indiana Department of Transportation closed it for a couple of days before making temporary repairs.
Last week, an inspector preparing to get bids for planned work in June looked at it again and decided to close it immediately.
The repairs will take about a week, INDOT spokesman Harry Maginity said.
But because the repair contract hadn’t been awarded yet and materials haven’t been ordered, this closure could last a month or more, he said.
A press release from INDOT on April 22 estimated that the bridge would reopen “this summer.”
In early May, State Road 135 will receive a new chip-seal surface from the north end of Nashville all the way to Trafalgar, Maginity said.
Usually, that work will not require the total closure of a road, he said. Flaggers will be able to direct drivers into one lane in most cases. However, “I’m not going to tell you the won’t close it,” he said.
Maginity didn’t yet know the exact date that work would start, how long it would last or whether it would start on the Nashville end or the Trafalgar end.