Closure Coming

The Indiana Department of Transportation has placed a road closure sign on US 421 just south of the roundabout in Madison ahead of an April 6 closure that could last three months to replace the Graham Creek Bridge in Ripley County between Madison and Versailles.

The Indiana Department of Transportation placed a road closure sign on US 421 this week ahead of an estimated 90-day project to replace the Graham Creek Bridge in Ripley County starting on April 6.

According to INDOT, contractor Dave O’Mara Contractor Inc. plans to close the US 421 bridge over Graham Creek in Ripley County on or after Tuesday, April 6, for the bridge replacement project and the highway between Madison and Versailles could be closed to through traffic until early July.

The bridge is located approximately one mile south of State Road 129 in Versailles. The $891,000 contract was awarded in November and allows a closure time of 90 days, through early July, with additional work continuing until late August.

The official detour route will follow US 50 to State Road 7 to State Road 62 and back to US 421. The detour will turn a 25-mile trip from Madison to Versailles — especially for heavy trucks — into a 46-mile route north to North Vernon and then east to Versailles. However, local motorists will be able to utilize other route options.

Motorists are reminded to slow down, use extra caution and drive distraction-free in and near all work zones. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.