The Washington Times-Herald

June 18, 2014

Tuesday's Area Briefs

The Washington Times-Herald

---- — RTL Baby Contest

Daviess County Right To Life has announced that voting for its annual Face of Life Baby Contest will end at 8 p.m. on June 30.

Voting is available online at with a $1 per vote minimum of $5 per transaction. You can also drop off your check or cash at the Pregnancy Care Center in Washington at 705 Troy Road. The amount you wish to donate for your favorite contestant must be in by the 8 p.m. deadline on June 30. You can view the contestants on line and vote online accordingly. For additional information, call 812-486-3658 or 812-257-0222.

The contest winner will receive $100 as well as being honored as the Right To Life Baby of the year and the picture will be used in events for the coming year. Second place will receive $50.

INDOT announces road closing

Due to issues with utilities, equipment and weather, the Indiana Department of Transportation is announcing that SR 61 in Monroe City will now close on June 23.

Contractor’s crews will be closing SR 61 from the junction of SR 241 in Monroe City to the junction of SR 57 in Petersburg. No through vehicle traffic will be allowed, however local residents will have access to the point of closure. The official detour will follow SR 241, US 50 and SR 57.

SR 61 must be allowed to close for the installation of an extension storm water drainage system through the town. The first area to be closed will be the “Five Points” intersection near the Blue Jean Center. It is anticipated that this first phase of installation will last through June 28. At that time crews will move to the next phase of construction beginning immediately north of the Five Points intersection to Ninth Street. The third phase will be from just north of Ninth Street to Sixth Street. The final phase of construction begins immediately north of Sixth Street to the SR 241 intersection. There is a possibility SR 61 could re-open to through traffic the end of 2014, however the roadway would then be re-closed in the spring of 2015 to complete storm drainage installation.

The $3.5 million roadway reconstruction project was awarded to Milestone Contractors, Inc. of Indianapolis and includes removing approximately two inches of existing roadway, re-establishing the sub-base material under the road, repaving the roadway, extensive new storm water drainage system and gutters, installation of Americans with Disabilities Association compliant sidewalk curb ramps and replacing sidewalk on the west side of the roadway from the junction of SR 241 to the Blue Jean Center.

It is anticipated the paving portion of the contract will not begin until spring of 2015 with the overall project completion date of October 2015.

INDOT urges motorists to slow down and stay alert when encountering work zones. Drivers in Southwest Indiana can monitor road closures, road conditions, and traffic alerts at any time via INDOT’s TrafficWise Traveler Information Service, Or visit our social media pages and