The Daviess County Highway Department shut down a section of CR 1000N this week to get ready for a major re-working of the road. CR 1000N was closed east of I-69 all this week.

“We’re putting in a box-culvert,” said Daviess County Highway Supervisor Phil Cornelius. “That’s the last structure we should have to change for the Community Crossings project we are doing there. We’ve been waiting for it to dry up and the box being built. We hope to have the road open by Friday.”

The CR 1000N is the major construction project for the department this year. It is larger than the typical Community Crossings effort. The county did receive $1 million in state grants to use for work on the road. The matching money would normally require Daviess County to pay 25% of the total cost. Because of the size of the project the county is putting up $600,000 from local sources putting the total estimated cost at $1.6 million. Milestone Construction is doing the work.

“The contractor told us it will be late August when he’ll get in and start his part of the project,” said Cornelius. “It should be a great project once it is finished. We’ll put in some shoulder stone. It should be real nice.”

The completed project should create a corridor that will tie together SR 57 on the east end near Plainville all the way across the county to almost U.S. 231. The brief portion of the road in Martin County was already updated in a previous round.

“We’ll have a really nice corridor running across the northern part of the county when this is completed,” said Cornelius.

Officials say the rain on Tuesday night will not slow down the completion of the work underway now.

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