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Indiana Department of Transportation contractor Three Star Painting Inc. is scheduled to begin painting next week on the S.R. 7 bridge over Middle Fork Creek, south of Dupont in Jefferson County.

The project is part of a $1.7 million bridge painting contract in Jackson, Jennings, and Jefferson Counties.

Crews plan to shift traffic on or after Monday (May 18), weather permitting. Middle Fork Road will close at S.R. 7 once work begins and will remain closed until the painting is complete. The contractor is expected to be on-site through mid-June. 

The last structure on the contract is S.R. 56 over Indian-Kentuck Creek, also in Jefferson County.

Work wrapped up on S.R. 258 over the East Fork White River in Jackson County last month and is continuing on S.R. 3 over the Muscatatuck River in Vernon through the end of May.

The contract was awarded in November 2019 and is expected to be complete by October 31, 2020.

Motorists should slow down, use extra caution, and drive distraction-free through all work zones. All work is weather dependent.

Painting is one of many preservation techniques utilized by INDOT to extend the life of bridge structures.

Prior to painting, beams and other components are sandblasted to remove existing rust and the new coat of paint acts as a sealant to protect from water, salt, and other chemicals that may cause corrosion.

S.R. 7 over Middle Fork Creek