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Work continues to spread at the intersection of S.R. 46 and S.R. 11 in Columbus, Ind. That is certainly better than the coronavirus alternative. While the virus puts more Americans on lockdown, construction continues on a railroad overpass.
Milestone Contractors has been working tirelessly on the $35 million project, including on weekends and during inclement weather. Pile driving operations are currently underway, and work also has been done on the bridge abutments, the center piers, stormwater drainage and retaining walls. Piles are going as deep as 70 ft. The bridge will consist of two superstructures, which will carry traffic in both directions.
The bridge is certainly needed, as the Louisville and Indiana tracks were recently leased to CSX. About 40,000 motorists cross the tracks daily.
Beam placement is expected to start in April, and the first phase of the project is set to be complete this spring. Phase two, which will involve temporary road closures on S.R. 46 and S.R. 11, is scheduled to begin this summer. State Route 11 will be closed for 30 days in June. The third and final phase of the project will begin in the fall, and the bridge is set to open in early Summer 2021. The project is currently on schedule.
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