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April 7, 2012

DC Commissioners not happy about road closing

WASHINGTON — The state Department of Transportation is closing parts of CR 125E Monday and county officials have concerns.

The north-south road is closing for I-69 construction, next to already-closed Troy Road. The Daviess County Commissioners have asked INDOT not to close CR 125E due to fire and ambulance service in the area.

“We feel like it’s a big, big problem,” Commissioner Tony Wichman said.

CR 125E will be closed from the junction of CR 250S to CR 150S.

Wichman said last fall, when contracts were being negotiated with INDOT for construction of Section II of I-69, the county compromised with INDOT and Walsh Construction, the company in charge of Section II road building, that Troy Road and CR 125E, or any two north-south roads next to each other, would not be closed at the same time.

But because of the mild winter, Walsh is ready to start construction in that area. Wichman, who is the cheif of the Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department, said it takes seven to eight minutes to drive around the construction zone at regular speed.

“Seven to eight minutes is a lifetime when you are having a heart attack,” Wichman said.

Wichman said he and the other commissioners have tried to delay the closing, but INDOT will not.

Cher Elliott, spokesperson for the Vincennes INDOT District, said the agency had reconsidered the closure and will still be working with county officials on the situation.

Wichman is asking residents to come to Monday’s commissioners meeting to voice their concerns about both road closings. INDOT has said they would attend Monday’s meeting.

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