Traffic on U.S. 50 has been routed through the eastern roundabout since Nov. 8. The full bypass will open next week.—Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer
At long last, the U.S. 50 bypass is opening.
Barricades will come down following a ribbon cutting on the eastern leg of the new highway at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Then traffic will flow on the bypass.
"That is great news," said Jennings County Commissioner Matt Sporleder (R-District 3). "I am looking forward to using the bypass."
North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs said the new highway will be good for the city.
"It will be a big change and it's something we need," he noted. "I really think the bypass will be a good thing for North Vernon and will lead to more businesses and stores downtown."
The completion of the highway, originally estimated to be done two years ago, has been delayed by a myriad of issues ranging from the discovery of a bat of an endangered species to a change order to construct a roundabout at its eastern end.
"We are very, very glad to get the bypass open," said Harry Maginity of the Indiana Department of Transportation. "There have been some complications throughout the process and also down the stretch, but now those have been resolved."
Workers with O'Mara Contractor of North Vernon will be installing traffic signal lights at the SR 3 intersection and other finishing touches in the next few days. Electronic signs were placed last week near the SR 3 intersection warning motorists that traffic signals are coming soon there.
Brownies from Girl Scout Troop No. 1962 collected 537 food items during a drive last week that they delivered to the Jennings County Coordinating Council food pantry. The Brownies include Faith Spradling, from left, Taylor Engelking, Saharra Henning, Maddie Ryan, Baylie Galvin, Kiarra Burton and Lily Harrison. Other Brownies who worked in the drive were Katelynn Michael, Alandra Zarate, Alexa Gomez, Zoey Love and Savannah Smith.-Staff Photo by Bryce Mayer