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The intersection of Walnut St. and Jackson St. will be closed until 9 p.m. Friday so that a water main can be installed. Work on the Ind. 28 rehabilitation project began last week.

(Update: intersection may now be closed through Monday.)

The intersection of Ind. 28 (Walnut St.) and Ind. 39 (Jackson St.) in Frankfort was closed Monday for water main installation, and it is scheduled to reopen at 9 p.m. Friday. The closure for both directions of Ind. 28 spans Main St. to Harrison St. while the closure for both directions of Ind. 39 spans from Clinton St. to South St.

The road work is part of the Indiana Department of Transportation’s $17.9 million Ind. 28 rehabilitation project, which is schedule for completion in the fall of 2022.

The eastbound lanes of Ind. 28 between McKinney St. and Jackson St. closed last week with the westbound lane remaining open. According to INDOT, this phase of the west end of the project is scheduled to be completed August 6. At that time, traffic will be shifted onto the newly constructed eastbound lanes and the westbound lanes will close for reconstruction. The west end of the project is scheduled to be completed Oct. 31 of this year.

According to a press release sent by INDOT, the Ind. 28 rehabilitation project was awarded to E & B Paving, LLL for $17.9 million and will resurface or reconstruct portions of Ind. 28 from Co. Road 200 W. east to Jackson St., the addition of a right turn lane from westbound Ind. 28 to northbound Jackson St., and then continue with the reconstruction of Ind. 28 from Jackson St. eastward to Hoke Ave. The project also includes the addition of dedicated left turn lanes on Ind. 28 at Clay Street, the reconstruction of the storm water system, reconstruction of sidewalks to be American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant on the south side of Ind. 28 from West St. to Hoke Ave. and a shared use path on the north side of Ind. 28 for the total length of the project.

“It is going to be a tremendous improvement for traffic that drives through Frankfort on a daily basis,” said Debbie Calder, INDOT’s communications director for the Lafayette area. “We truly appreciate everyone’s patience and understand their frustrations when we have sections of the roadway closed. Ultimately, this I something that I know has been a long-awaited project. In the end, I think everybody will be very happy with the results.”

According to Project Manager Melissa Patton, each tree removed during the project will be replaced.

The official detour for regional and long-distance traffic follows I-65 to Ind. 47 to Ind. 39 and back.

In advance of the project’s April 1 start, the City of Frankfort shared plans to detour local truck traffic away from downtown Frankfort for the project’s duration to help local truck traffic avoid the road closures on Ind. 28 while protecting secondary streets.

Local trucks heading east on State Road 28 into Frankfort should use the following routes:

Northbound – Turn north off of Ind. 28 onto N. Co. Road 200 W. then turn north onto US 421.

Southbound – Turn south on Prairie Ave., east on W. Co. Road 200 S. (Greenlawn) and then south on Ind. 39.

Eastbound – Follow the southbound detour (see above) to Ind. 39. Turn north on Ind. 39 and then east on Kelley Road. Take Kelley Road to US 421.

“While we want outside traffic to follow the INDOT detours, we would like to provide a more reasonable route for our local companies to easily avoid the road closures with minimal impact to secondary streets,” Frankfort Street Department Superintendent Jason Forsythe said. “We ask drivers to be patient throughout this road improvement process. I believe the end result will be worth the temporary inconveniences these detours may cause.”