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According to the Salem Police Department, the west side of the Public Square will be closed to traffic on Wednesday.

All Southbound traffic around the Salem square will be routed to West Walnut Street and down Water Street beginning at 7a Wednesday morning. Salem_IN_Courthouse

Joey Wheeler, Assistance Police Chief, said the engineering group was expected to arrive at approximately 7:30a and leave at approximately 5p. Traffic will resume normal flow after 5p.

“As we do during Friday Night on the Square, we do expect delays and backups at these intersection due to the truck traffic,” said Wheeler. “Please plan ahead and avoid this area if possible.”

Wheeler said the east half of the square will remain open and there will be no alterations to the Northbound traffic.

“Do remember not to travel on the inside lane of the square, as you will not be allowed to enter the West half,” noted Wheeler. “Unnecessary merging could create back-ups”

Arsee Engineers Inc. will be setting up a crane to inspect the Washington County Courthouse.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause,” wrote Wheeler in a press release issued this afternoon. “However, it is important we repair and maintain the most visible and recognizable symbol of our community and we appreciate your cooperation with this matter.”