INDIANA – Tomorrow marks the official first day of summer, but it feels as if summer has already arrived in Central Indiana. With temperatures last week well over 90 degrees Fahrenheit with extreme heat indexes, and a similar forecast for this week, Finish Line crews have taken extra precautions to stay safe while working outdoors.
Daily safety meetings stress the importance of staying hydrated throughout the day. Crew members are encouraged to begin hydrating before hitting the job site and to continue to hydrate throughout the workday. On days with a high heat index, some work will start early in the morning to avoid the hottest times of the day.
Certain operations, such as asphalt paving and concrete pours, will flip schedules to allow for crews to work in the evenings or overnight when it cools down.
Finish Line crews completed a new Belmont Avenue extension this past weekend that connects Belmont Avenue to Southport Road. A new access point for Between the Bun and Anytime Fitness will be located at the north end of the property off the new Belmont Avenue access.
Motorists will see significant progress along the Madison Avenue bridge as crews complete the bridge deck pour over the weekend. I-465 traffic should still anticipate nightly single and double-lane closures as crews continue bridge work at Mann Road and Madison Avenue.
Following the fiery incident mentioned in last week’s On Track, Finish Line crews were able to quickly repair an 80-foot section of the southbound lane of S.R. 37. Paving crews will continue to monitor the status of the temporary pavement before laying the final layer of asphalt.
County Line Road east of S.R. 37 remains closed to traffic, however, the Low Bob’s Discount Tobacco Store, Gallagher’s Pizza, Shell Gas Station, and Fine Wine and Spirits are still open along County Line and Bluff roads.
County Road 144 east of S.R. 37 closed this morning for four weeks as crews will begin drainage improvements on the eastern portion of the S.R. 144/S.R. 37 interchange.
During the closure of C.R. 144 motorists are encouraged to use S.R. 135. Click here to read more about the C.R. 144 closure.
An additional two-week closure is expected as the Johnson County Highway Department will be replacing three culverts along C.R. 144 between S.R. 37 and Smokey Row Road.
- Watch for daytime flaggers on S.R. 252 and Cramertown loop as crews complete final paving and striping early this week.
- Northbound and southbound lanes of I-69 in Martinsville should expect nightly rolling closures as paving crews will be applying the permanent pavement markings.
- Last week, there were two separate incidents where a vehicle was clocked at a high rate of speed in a work zone. Indiana State Police cited the individuals for driving recklessly. Motorists who drive recklessly or aggressively through a work zone face fines up to $5,000.
The actual starting date and duration for work and any closures may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen activities occur.