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Prelude to improvement: Drainage improvements and sewer lines are set to be installed at the intersection of CR 500W and U.S. 40, which will be rebuilt with turn lanes on the highway. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)
Prelude to improvement: Drainage improvements and sewer lines are set to be installed at the intersection of CR 500W and U.S. 40, which will be rebuilt with turn lanes on the highway. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Motorists can expect to see plenty of construction this spring and summer on some of Hancock County’s busiest roads and highways.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is preparing to break ground on several projects on state highways, including Interstate 70, U.S. 40 and U.S. 52.

The first project will kick off this month at U.S. 40 and CR 500W.

Harry Maginity, INDOT spokesman, said new sewer lines at the intersection will be placed soon. After that, the area will be rebuilt with added turn lanes on both eastbound and westbound U.S. 40. A new traffic signal will be installed as well; the project is scheduled to be completed by Oct. 31.

Extensive work will be done again this year on Interstate 70 in Hancock County. I-70 will see construction both east and west of the Greenfield exit at Ind. 9 this year, though the projects may not happen simultaneously.

The first will begin in early April on I-70 east of Ind. 9. Nearly $1.3 million of Major Moves funds will pay for the project to repair and resurface just over four miles of the interstate, starting about a mile east of Greenfield and heading east.

Work will be done mostly on weekends and will start with patching both eastbound and westbound lanes; milling and repaving all four lanes of the asphalt surface will follow. Motorists can expect some lane closures on weekends. Work should be completed by mid-July.

More than 37,000 vehicles travel this portion of I-70 daily, according to Maginity, and the work east of Greenfield could be done before the work west of the city begins.

“In a perfect world, it would be nice to get that job to be significantly done before (construction begins west of Greenfield),” Maginity said.

Starting about a mile east of Greenfield and heading eight miles to the west, I-70 will be completely reconstructed.

The project will pick up where the roadwork from Post Road to Mt. Comfort Road ended. That multi-year project – which added a driving lane in both directions – is nearly completed, with just a few minor landscaping details to add.

Maginity said the highway in both directions will be milled and resurfaced from about a half mile east of Mt. Comfort Road to a mile east of Ind. 9. Some areas, he added, will be rebuilt with full-depth concrete patches.

“It will not be a complete rebuild, but it will be significantly patched with big, big sections taken out and repaired,” Maginity said.

The bridges at Sugar Creek on I-70 will also be rehabilitated and widened.

Timeline details for that project have yet to be ironed out. A meeting is expected to be held this month to determine groundbreaking, completion dates and how lane closures will be handled.

The I-70 construction will be done in conjunction with a project at the eastbound rest area in Hancock County. An additional 80 parking spaces will be added for trucks, along with pedestrian bridges.

Meanwhile, utility companies have been relocating their lines in preparation for another INDOT project at a busy stretch U.S. 52 at the Hancock County/Marion County border.

U.S. 52 at CR 700W in Hancock County will be widened with new turn lanes and a new traffic signal. In Marion County, new turn lanes will also be added at U.S. 52 at Bade and Davis roads. Work should begin around June 1 and be completed in the fall.

The project will include road closures on CR 700W in Hancock County, but the dates for closures haven’t yet been announced.

While state projects alone in Hancock County will affect motorists, the city of Greenfield is also planning a project that will impact drivers on State Street near Hancock Regional Hospital.

A turn lane will be added on Boyd Avenue at State Street this year. The new turn lane will allow the traffic signal for north-south traffic to be green longer, which should reduce backups on the busy thoroughfare.

Karla Vincent, city engineer, said construction there will likely begin in September or October.

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