By Deb Patterson
SYRACUSE — The goal is to open the CR 29 jughandle ramp with US 6, north of Syracuse on Friday, June 12, and the intersection of SR 13/CR 33 with US 6 to close on or after Friday.
Crews with Phend & Brown Inc., Milford, have been working on creating an exit lane for eastbound traffic for the past several weeks. The base paving and intermediate paving was being done Tuesday morning. According to Scott Manning, public relations for Indiana Department of Transportation, if weather allows surface paving will occur Wednesday, June 10 and pavement markings will be added on Thursday.
It is the goal of Phend & Brown to have the ramp open Friday.
There will be an exit lane for eastbound traffic on US 6 to access CR 29. A passing lane is reportedly to be added for westbound traffic to pass motorists waiting to turn onto the ramp. Traffic exiting CR 29 onto US 6 will need to stop before entering the highway.
Meanwhile, the state announced Tuesday afternoon, that SR 13 and CR 33 at US 6 will be closed for construction of a roundabout as part of a $2.9 million project to improve safety and traffic flow in the area. The $750,000 ramp is part of that project.
The closure will reopen by the end of September.
The official detour will be US 6, SR 15 and US 30. Traffic on US 6 will remain open in both directions during the construction project.
According to an INDOT member at the construction site, a temporary road will be constructed on US 6 for traffic to use during the creation of the roundabout.
The CR 29 bridge was constructed in 2016 at a cost of $3 million. No ramp was being considered at that time. It wasn’t until a public hearing in August 2018, regarding a proposed roundabout at US 6/SR 13 and CR 33, that a ramp was going to be built allowing access to US 6 from CR 29.