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I-69 lane restrictions begin tonight

Statement as issued Wednesday by INDOT:

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. – The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announces intermittent overnight lane restrictions on I-69 at the Covington Road Bridge (approximately mile 304), between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., tonight and tomorrow night, May 1 and 2.

The contractor will be removing concrete on the Covington Road bridge deck over I-69. As work takes place over specific northbound and southbound lanes, it will require restriction of that lane. The interstate will not be fully closed at any time; there will be at least two lanes of traffic open in either direction at all times. Arrowboards and barrels on I-69 will direct traffic in each direction to prepare for lane restrictions. The restrictions are expected to lift by 5 a.m. on Friday morning, May 3.

Later this spring/summer, I-69 will have similar restrictions for placement of bridge beams, concrete pours and painting on the bridge. All lane restrictions are currently expected to take place between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. All work is weather permitting.

Additionally, Covington Road is currently closed to all traffic at the bridge over I-69. The detour, established by the City of Fort Wayne, follows Hadley Road to SR 14/Illinois Road to Scott Road. The closure is expected to be in effect until this fall.

The Covington Road bridge work will include bridge deck replacement and widening. The work will entail removing the existing deck and railing down to the bridge beams; constructing wider bridge piers in the median of I-69 and along the outside shoulders of northbound and southbound I-69; and installing additional new bridge beams for a wider deck. The wider deck will allow for wider shoulders and additional width to accommodate the proposed Covington Road Trail, crossing over I-69.

The adjacent portion of Covington Road work is part of the bridge contract. It will involve improvements at the Covington Road / Dicke Road intersection, including the installation of a new traffic signal.

The project was awarded to Primco based on the low bid of $2.4 million. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in the late fall of 2013.

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