Update (5:37 p.m.)
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – A very busy section of highway 41 will close at the end of this month for two days.
The railroad tracks between Virginia Street and the Lloyd Expressway will be removed.
And during that time, drivers will have to take a different route.
Beginning at 7 am on Monday, September 30th, INDOT crews will be working to remove the railroad crossings here between the Lloyd Expressway and Virginia Street.
The project will remove the tracks crossing Highway 41 and repair the pavement.
INDOT has announced all lanes from morgen Avenue to Walnut Street will be closed to thru traffic around the clock once the project begins.
The official detour for this closure uses State Route 62, I-69 and State Route 66.
INDOT officials say the project is expected to take two days to complete depending on weather conditions.
“This is not an often-used railroad track and it can actually be taken out of service. So, it’s something we’ve been trying to do for a few years now, we’ve had it on a few different projects and it’s just never panned out the way we wanted it to. So, this is a collaboration between us and the railroad, the railroad let us know hey we’ve got some time to do this, do we still want to take care of it? And we did.”
Tiller says removing the railways will make for a smoother commute for drivers and make maintaining roads easier.
He says as this area stands now, if there is a pothole reported it is up to the railroad company to fix it.
Once the tracks are removed, he says INDOT can simply come in and patch the hole to make it safer for drivers.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced a complete road closure will start later this month on US 41 to remove the railroad crossing between Virginia St. and the Lloyd Expressway.
The road will close at 7 a.m. Monday, September 30.
The work is expected to take two days.
(This story was originally published on September 10, 2019)