September 09, 2009 After a summer of driving 45 mile per hour and being up close and personal with thousands of concrete traffic barriers between Corydon and Carefree, workers are putting the final touches on the improvements being made to the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 between exits 105 and 92.
The project, called a pavement preservation/rehabilitation project, began in May 2008 with the eastbound lanes, which were completed last fall.
This spring, crews put miles of concrete barriers along the center of the eastbound lanes, moved westbound traffic to one side of the barriers and began the rehabilitation work on the westbound lanes.
"This was a $34,116,000 project," Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Marvin Jenkins said. "And it looks as if the projected completion date of Oct. 31 is still good."
Workers were painting lines on the new pavement and sowing grass along the shoulders last week.
Jenkins said the new exits that have been planned for the Corydon-Ramsey Road area near the new Harrison County Hospital in Corydon are not a part of this project, and he had no information on when they will be built.
He also said the project to improve the ramps at the Georgetown-Edwardsville interchange of I-64 is progressing.
"We are currently working on the westbound ramp from I-64 to S.R. 62 and S.R. 64," Jenkins said. "The contract calls for the project to be completed by Nov. 30, and I believe we're pretty much on schedule.
"We're currently paving on the ramp itself and have begun doing some paving on S.R. 64," he continued. "This should reduce traffic problems at that intersection and should be beneficial to the people in that area.
"We've had some complaints about the traffic congestion there, and they're valid complaints. But that's the reason we're making improvements there; we know they're needed."