Stretch of State Road 58 set to reopen

State Road 58 between Kurtz and Freetown should reopen at the end of the workday on Friday.

The road has been closed for an $845,497 project to replace a bridge that spans a branch of Bee Creek, about four miles west of State Road 135.

Harry Maginity, a spokesman for the Indiana Department of Transportation, said a base of stone had been laid on the approaches to the bridge, and a contractor was laying 4 inches of asphalt on Tuesday.

“The best-case scenario is the road will be reopened at the end of the day Friday,” Maginty said.

The project began in September and was scheduled to be completed in 60 days. Issues with construction had delayed completion of the work by HIS Constructors of Indianapolis, the state’s contractor.

The project involved relocating the State Road 58 bridge — and the creek channel— about 30 feet to the east. The roadway also was to be raised nearly 5 feet to accommodate a new three-sided box structure that has a 10-foot rise, 36-foot span and 80-foot width.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.