The City of Columbus and Bartholomew County emergency services providers have developed plans to ensure that no services will be compromised during work starting Oct. 5 to replace the railroad crossing on State Road 46, just west of State Road 11.
The railroad crossing will be closed for four days beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, the last day of school before the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp. fall break. School officials anticipate no major delays in transporting students home from school that Friday afternoon, and school bus drivers have been informed of the project so that they can adjust their routes. The planned reopening of the railroad crossing is scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 8. The People Trail at this location will also be closed during this time.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will post an official detour route using State Road 11, Road 450S and Interstate 65, but local residents have access to other routes, such as Carr Hill Road, Terrace Lake Road, Roads 200S and 325W and Lowell Road.
Emergency services officials also plan to have extra police patrols along the detour route, and additional Columbus Police Department officers will be on duty and assigned to the west side of the city. The city is also working with Columbus Regional Hospital to ensure medical coverage on the west side, and fire protection will be provided from Stations 5 and 6.
City and county agencies are prepared to share resources and plans are in place to respond with equipment and manpower in the event of a disaster.
“Public safety will not be jeopardized by this construction, and we will have extra patrols in place to ensure this. However, we ask that the public be patient and plan extra time to get where they are going,” said Lt. Matt Myers, public information officer of Columbus Police Department.
INDOT will be the primary agency for public information during this project. However, the City of Columbus and Bartholomew County will both provide up-to-date information on their websites. All city and county residents who use this section of State Road 46 are encouraged to plan ahead and familiarize themselves with alternate routes before the intersection is closed.