U.S. 27 construction to close one lane, shift traffic starting Saturday

Gradex, Inc. plans to close one lane of northbound and southbound U.S. 27 north of downtown Richmond starting on or after Saturday, April 8 as part of the first phase of a $23.9 million road construction project through the city.

This traffic shift was originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 5 and postponed by weather.

One lane in each direction will be shifted to the western half of the roadway between North B Street and the Whitewater River bridge near Sim Hodgin Parkway. On-street parking will be restricted in the construction area north of North A Street.

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has contracted Gradex to rebuild nearly two miles of southbound U.S. 27 and nearly one mile of eastbound U.S. 40 through downtown Richmond. The north end of the project will also include northbound U.S. 27. 

Utility relocations in the area may also temporarily restrict traffic lanes in various locations on U.S. 27 and U.S. 40.

U.S. 27 Phase 1 – Finishes Fall 2017

The first phase of construction will include:

  • straightening the alignment of southbound U.S. 27 near the intersection of North C Street,
  • rebuilding State Road 121/North J Street approaching U.S. 27, and
  • rebuilding both directions of U.S. 27 between North B Street and the Whitewater River, excluding the bridge over the railroad.

Multiple traffic shifts will be required to maintain one lane in each direction and rebuild the roadway one side at a time. Access to and from intersecting streets will be temporarily closed while that side of the roadway is being rebuilt. Access to/from adjacent streets will not be closed at the same time.

U.S. 27 Phase 2 – Begins in May, Finishes Summer 2018

The second phase of construction will include rebuilding the west half of southbound U.S. 27 between North C Street and the South O Street overpass. Traffic will be reduced to one lane and shifted to the east side of the road. A short section between South C and F streets will temporarily remain shifted to the west half of the road.

During this phase, construction will significantly limit on-street parking options and will prohibit on-street parking availability in many locations.

Multiple traffic lane shifts will be required to maintain one open lane and rebuild the roadway one side at a time. Access to and from intersecting streets will be temporarily closed while that side of the roadway is being rebuilt. Access to/from adjacent streets will not be closed at the same time.

Weather permitting, contractors intend to finish one half of the southbound U.S. 27 rebuild this year. Once complete, one lane of traffic will be shifted to the west side of the road and the eastern half will be finished in 2018.

U.S. 27 construction will require lane closures and traffic shifts on U.S. 40 (North A and South A streets) as the intersections are rebuilt later this summer.

Eastbound U.S. 40 – Begins Early 2018, Finishes Before End of 2018

Eastbound U.S. 40 (South A Street and 11th Street) construction is scheduled to begin in 2018. The rebuild will span from the Lamar Lundy Memorial Bridge over the Whitewater River gorge to 11th Street and will include 11th Street from South A Street to Main Street.

South A Street will remain open during construction, and 11th Street will be closed for up to 45 days. U.S. 40 traffic will be detoured to 16th Street during the closure of 11th Street.

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