closure of State Road 62 at the east entrance to Friendship
has caused quite a stir in the community. It is a hassle for
motorists coming into the small town from Dearborn County, and
those needing to exit that way.
However, the Indiana Department of Transportation remains firm
that repairing the sliding hillside and the road is imperative
for the safety of motorists.
According to Greg Prince of INDOT, safety is the number one
priority. He said he realizes the inconvenience and although
the ball is rolling it takes time.
Prince told The Versailles Republican that the Geo-tech and
pavement evaluation reports have been received for this project
at the Seymour District of INDOT. He noted they are in the process
of working on the required environmental document, cross sections,
and plans in order to be submitted for an expedited contract.
Estimated cost of the project is $1.7 million dollars. Prince
said the project will be federally funded through approved Emergency
Relief Funds. He said no letting date has been set at this time,
therefore there is no date stating when the repairs will actually
begin. Right now the project is moving, just not where it can
In a media advisory from Prince, he noted, The safety
of the motoring public is INDOTs main concern. Therefore,
S.R. 62 in Ripley County will remain closed.
Recently residents of Friendship gathered to hear about the
project from Kathy Eaton McKalip, INDOT representative, where
questions were answered with the project overview given.
Those who would like the latest news and information about INDOT
can visit their website at: www.in.gov/indot.