Eleven bridge projects on I-74 in Shelby County set to begin

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SHELBY COUNTY, Ind. —  A $3.3 million project to maintain and preserve 11 bridges on or over Interstate 74 in Shelby County will begin the third phase of construction starting next week.  

Dave O’Mara Contractor plans to close the left lane of westbound I-74 between State Road 244 and State Road 9 beginning on or after Monday, Aug. 29.

The Blue Ridge Road bridge over I-74 is scheduled to close on or after Wednesday, Aug. 31. During the closure, county road traffic over I-74 will be detoured to State Road 244/County Road 200 South via County Road 450 East and Michigan Road. 

The left lane of eastbound I-74 will remain closed between State Road 9 and State Road 244 as crews continue phase two of the construction project.

The final phase of construction will include closing the right lane of westbound I-74 and the State Road 44 entrance ramp to westbound I-74.  Each phase is expected to last approximately four to six weeks.

All closure dates and traffic pattern changes will be announced in advance.  All work on the project is expected to be complete in November.

The project is repairing or replacing concrete bridge components, painting structural steel, and/or applying modified concrete overlays to the bridge decks.  A bridge deck overlay is a protective wearing surface bonded to the existing concrete deck pavement.  Bridge deck overlays preserve a structure’s concrete and steel components and provide a renewed driving surface for motorists.

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