Stretch of U.S. 27 bridge over Wabash River closes

ADAMS CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – The Indiana Department of Transportation says that U.S. 27 is scheduled to be closed overnight on Friday, Sept. 20, over the Wabash River. The closure is necessary to complete bridge rehabilitation between Selita Drive and C.R. 850 S, north of the Town of Geneva.

Motorists can expect to see heavy equipment removing guardrail near the bridge during the closure, between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., which will allow access to the embankment of the river. The access is needed to create an opening for a large crane to be placed, which will be used to drive piling for the bridge.

An additional road closure will be scheduled for overnight hours on or after Tuesday, Sept. 24, which will allow contractors receive and assemble the crane on the roadway south of the structure. The crane will then be transported down to the river, through the access created by the previous closure. The road is expected to be open by 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

The official state detour for both closures will be S.R. 218 to S.R. 116.

An additional closure will be required in order for contractors to remove the crane from the embankment. More information will be released at a later date.

Work on the U.S. 27 bridge over the Wabash River is expected to continue through the fall of 2019, weather permitting. The contract was awarded to R.L. McCoy for $9.6 million and includes the resurface of U.S. 27 in Adams County, as well as the rehabilitation and maintenance of several structures in Adams, Huntington and Wells counties.