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April 30, 2014

Rail, road projects moving forward

A change in the weather and a change in direction has a couple of big projects in Daviess County moving forward.

The Daviess County Highway Department is reporting that with the warmer weather the work on the Odon-Cannelburg Road is ramping up. “They have laid about 2,000 feet of concrete in place,” said County Highway Engineer Jason Heile.

The progress on the project is expected to lead to the closing of a major intersection at CR 550N and CR 900E. The intersection is directly in front of Dinky’s Auction House and also leads to K and K Manufacturing. “They are going to be putting in a box culvert there and I think they will want to close it soon,” said Heile.

The section of the project under construction now is expected to be completed this summer. Officials expect the contractor to be very busy in the closing days to get it finished, especially with the lost work time over the cold, snowy winter.

While the work is continuing on 900E the county is detouring much of the traffic over CR 650E. “We have received a request from a resident in that area to take a look at the speed people are travelling,” said County Highway Superintendent Phil Cornelius. “He was particularly worried about the speed because of all of the detour traffic.”

County officials have recognized the increased traffic and are looking for solutions. “I think what we might need is some more patrols out there,” said Commissioner Larry Wilson.

“Actually, we have been giving that area more patrols,” said Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit. “We’ll look at giving it some more attention.”

While the project is moving full steam in the eastern part of the county, another project in western part that has been on hold appears to be ready to move forward. Southern Indiana Railroad has been talking for around a year of building a siding and loading area in Plainville. The project had been on hold while the county, the railroad and land owners in the area work out the details of closing roads. Those details appear to have been worked out.

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