The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to begin restricting lanes on State Road 135 at the Matthew Welsh bridge near Mauckport on Monday (JULY 10). Closure of a 1500-foot section of the southbound lane will initiate a $7 million 2-year project to repair and repaint the structure that spans the Ohio River between Harrison County, Indiana and Meade County, Kentucky.
Flaggers will direct motorists around workers and equipment while concrete barrier wall sections are set atop the Indiana approach. Once temporary signals are put in place, single-lane one-direction-at-a-time traffic will be activated by visual detection.
North Star Painting is Indiana’s prime contractor for this bridge project.
Repairs will be made before sandblasting begins in August. The 3100-foot-long structure will then be painted with prime, intermediate and finish coats.
INDOT officials anticipate work requiring single-lane restrictions at the Indiana approach will continue through September. Operations then move to the Kentucky bridge approach.
Over water, the S.R. 135 structure stands as a 2-span continuous steel thru-truss bridge. But approaches on the Indiana and Kentucky sides are continuous composite steel girder structures that account for a series of shorter spans.
Painting operations on the 2-span over-water section are scheduled to occur in 2018.
S.R. 135’s traffic count is 5130 vehicles per day.
- Indiana DOT