A section of S.R. 64 just west of S.R. 145 in western Crawford County, near Eckerty, collapsed Sunday, June 16, making that section of the highway impassible.
A section of both the north, above, and south, at top, sides of S.R. 64 just west of S.R. 145 in western Crawford County collapsed because of water damage, making the road impassible. Photos By Chris Adams
Jason Tiller, communications director for the Indiana Department of Transportation Southwest District, said heavy rains were the primary cause for both the north and south sides of the road collapsing. He said INDOT would be testing the ground to determine its solidity.
"We just don't know whether or not it's stable under there," he said, adding water can be "a very, very destructive force."
Tiller added that motorists should never cross a roadway covered by water as that portion of the road may have collapsed.
INDOT, Tiller said, has identified a solution to keep that section of S.R. 64 from collapsing again, including installing a new culvert, but the agency hasn't established a timetable for the work to be done and that section of the road reopened.
Tiller encouraged motorists to follow the INDOT Southwest District on Facebook (Facebook.com/INDOTVincennesDistrict) and Twitter (@INDOTSouthwest) for updates. Road information also is available at indot.carsprogram.org and INDOT's mobile app.
In the meantime, motorists are being redirected south to Interstate 64 via state roads 37 South and 145 North.