MARTINSVILLE, Ind. (Nov. 8, 2019) — Delivery and installation of large bridge beams will require multiple 20-minute stoppages of State Road 37 traffic between S.R. 252/Hospital Drive and Ohio Street/Mahalasville Road.
Beam installation will occur over three afternoons and early evenings starting on or after Tuesday, Nov. 12, and may be delayed in the event of lightning or high winds.
The stoppages will primarily affect southbound S.R. 37 for the first two afternoons and both directions of S.R. 37 during the third afternoon. Drivers are encouraged to slow down, stay alert and keep their eyes on the road.
Through traffic is encouraged to use navigation with real-time traffic updates and state highways such as I-70, S.R. 67, S.R. 135 and I-65 to avoid the traffic stoppages.
Bridge beam installation
Fifteen concrete beams, each weighing up to 79 tons and measuring up to 130 feet long, will be delivered into the Martinsville work zone from S.R. 37. Large cranes will then lift each beam over the highway for a new bridge connecting South Street with Grand Valley Boulevard businesses.
Once the beams are in place, crews must install working platforms and concrete forms before new concrete decking and railings may be poured.
Martinsville business access
S.R. 37 traffic accessing the Martinsville Walmart and nearby businesses along Grand Valley Boulevard should exit at S.R. 252 or Mahalasville Road. From the north, an improved Cramertown Loop connects the businesses with S.R. 252 just east of S.R. 37. From the south, a new road (Artesian Avenue) connects the businesses with Mahalasville Road at a stop sign near South Elementary School.
About I-69 Finish Line
I-69 Finish Line is the sixth and final section of the Interstate 69 connection between Evansville and Indianapolis. The project will upgrade the existing S.R. 37 to interstate standards between Martinsville and Indianapolis.
Governor Eric Holcomb’s Next Level Connections program fully funded the $1.5 billion project and accelerated construction by three years. I-69 Finish Line is expected to open to traffic in late 2024, improving safety and reducing travel time.