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The Indiana Department of Transportation met with contractors, designers, city officials and utility company representatives at Seymour District offices this week to coordinate initial construction activities for State Road 56 reconstruction from High Street to Heritage Chapel Road at Salem.
 
Temple & Temple Excavating is the state’s prime contractor.  The local firm submitted a low bid of $4,216,800 to win the award.  Three other construction companies also bid on the project.IMG_20141121_123949
Currently, utility companies are relocating services.  Representatives from Duke Energy, Midwest Gas, Frontier and Time-Warner Cable participated at INDOT’s pre-construction meeting, providing updates on their progress toward vacating the construction limits
 
Temple & Temple anticipates mobilization for S.R. 56 construction in early March.  A road closure is expected to be put in effect by the end of March.
 
Plans call for complete reconstruction of the east-west highway—including new sidewalks, curb ramps, retaining walls and storm sewers—in Salem’s portion of this Seymour District pavement project.  In rural Washington County, the state highway will be repaired and resurfaced.  Shoulders will be widened, passing blisters built and small drainage structures will be replaced.  
 
Temple & Temple also serves at the City of Salem’s contractor for relocation of water lines within the project limits.  That work is ongoing.
 
A public information meeting is being scheduled to take place during the third week of February to further describe facets of construction and proposed timelines—and to answer specific questions area residents and businesses might have.