North Vernon bypass work starting soon

Indiana Department of Transportation officials met with contractors, design consultants and utility company representatives Wednesday at the Seymour District offices to coordinate operations for launching Phase II construction of the U.S. 50 North Vernon bypass.

Dave O’Mara is the state’s prime contractor for this $18,405,000 project to build 3¼ miles of roadway from State Road 3 to existing U.S. 50 just west of County Road 75E/Deer Creek Road.

This eastern-section project includes bridge construction for structures spanning the Muscatatuck River and CSX rail line. Blinker signals will be installed at State Road 3 and Buckeye Street. All crossings are at-grade. The new U.S. 50 pavement will accommodate two 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders.

The Muskatatuck River bridge — located .73 miles north of existing U.S. 50, west of Base Road — will be a three-span concrete bulb-T beam structure measuring 402 feet in length with 47 feet clear roadway side-to-side. A single-span bulb-T beam bridge over the CSX rail tracks — a half-mile north of existing U.S. 50 and 0.22 miles east of Base Road — will measure 97 feet in length.

The contract calls for closures at county roads 20W and 75W for up to 30 days each.

Subcontractor Gradex plans to start moving soil and rock in mid-July, beginning grading operations for new U.S. 50 roadbed and slopes. Currently, utility companies are on site completing relocation of services.

The 4½-mile Phase I western section — U.S. 50 bypass between County Road 400W and State Road 3 — was opened to traffic in late 2013.