PRINCETON — Resurfacing work for Ind. 64 west of Princeton is coming this summer.
Gibson County Engineer Matt Holden confirmed to the Gibson County Council that the Indiana Department of Transportation project is expected to close the highway west of Princeton for approximately two months in July and August.
Residents complained last year about the bumps and potholes in the state highway, which sees heavy use.
Holden said it’s likely that Lyles Station Road will be used as an unofficial detour from U.S. 41 to County Road 650 while the work is underway. The county receives reimbursement for repairing damages to local roads that are used as detours, but Holden said the repairs have to be approved first, and there’s generally a waiting period for the reimbursement.
He reported that the county received $35,000 reimbursement recently for use of Old 65 as a detour route while Ind. 65 was closed for bridge repair more than a year ago.
Highway Superintendent Chuck Lewis told the council that highway bridge crews have been repairing vandalism to the county’s two covered bridges and are installing surveillance camera equipment to help prevent or prosecute vandals.
Holden said the county is on target to receive a $1.28 million federal matching grant to replace the bridge that runs parallel to the White Covered Bridge at Wheeling. That work is on the 2025 construction calendar, and Holden said that road will be closed while the $1.6 million bridge replacement project is in progress.
Holden reported he submitted a $1 million Community Crossings funding application and should know in March or April whether the county receives the funding. If the money is awarded, Gibson County would commit to $370,000 in local matching funds for paving projects in the county.
The county has also received a $14,450 reimbursable grant for work at 25 grade railroad crossings in the county. Councilman Craig Pflug asked Holden about whether the funds could be applied to improve some grade crossings in the eastern portion of the county. “They’re horrific,” he reported, adding that he thinks one crossing is “so bad I think a small car could get stuck.”
Holden said only the railroad can do work on the tracks.
The county engineer also told councilman Bill McConnell, who inquired about progress on post-closure work at the old county landfills, that the county is obligated to pay for about three more years of air quality and water monitoring.
McConnell noted that the county has applied 85,000 cubic yards fill soil to the landfill sites to improve the grade.
In other business:
• Gibson County Public Health Nurse Administrator Diane Hornby reported the health department issued 162 immunizations last month, made 41 septic system inspection calls or visits, investigated four trash and miscellaneous complaints, issued 67 food permits, inspected 28 food establishments, issued three tattoo permits, responded to three dog bite reports, issued 67 birth certificates and 160 death certificates.
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