IBJNews

Allisonville bridge restrictions foreshadow what's to come

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
On The Beat Industry News In Brief

Damage to the Allisonville Road overpass at Interstate 465 gives motorists a sign of things to come.

A truck traveling on I-465 March 1 struck a steel beam supporting the Allisonville bridge, which has the least vertical clearance of any bridge spanning the interstate. As a precaution, the Indiana Department of Transportation closed the right north-bound lane of the Allisonville Road bridge.

INDOT already planned to replace the bridge as part of its “465/69 Northeast” rebuilding project, with work on the bridge starting as early as this year. But the traffic-flow part of the plan drew the ire of some Castleton-area retailers last November when INDOT said it was leaning toward the idea of closing the bridge entirely during the replacement.

INDOT said closure would allow it to shorten the replacement time to about seven months versus possibly two years if limited traffic was allowed on one side of the bridge as the other side was being replaced.

The total-closure option would force motorists to seek an alternative crossing of I-465—most likely Keystone Avenue, to the west, or I-69, to the east. Conversely, allowing limited traffic on the Allisonville bridge during construction would cause long traffic backups.

INDOT officials said they’re still weighing which of the two strategies to use during bridge replacement.

The new structure would be higher and designed similar to the I-465 Beech Grove exit on the southeast side, with traffic converging at a single traffic light, atop the bridge. INDOT’s consultants said this configuration results in the best overall traffic flow characteristics down the road.

ADVERTISEMENT

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

ADVERTISEMENT