State Route 66 to get fresh coat of asphalt

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - One of Tell City's main arteries of transportation will receive a new coat of asphalt in time for the 150th anniversary of the community's founding. And while the upcoming work on Indiana 66 is coinciding with the city's sesquicentennial milestone, road work should not impact activities planned for Aug. 2-9.

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to repave Indiana 66 from near the junction of Indiana 70 west of Troy, often known as the "Y," through Troy into Tell City. Paving will stop at the intersection of Indiana 66 with Payne Street (Indiana 37) and will resume at the 12th Street intersection. Work will continue south on 12th Street to Washington Street.

Mayor Barbara Ewing said INDOT officials have pledged to work with the city in obtaining needed detour routes when work is under way in the city and will try to avoid any disruptions in the weeklong August celebration, including an opening day parade that could either use or cross 12th Street.

"I've found (INDOT officials) very helpful and willing to help us prevent any problems during our sesquicentennial," Ewing said.

Gohmann Asphalt and Construction Co. of Clarksville was awarded a $1.8 million bid in January to do the repaving. The company will mill the existing roadway, make repairs to areas needing extra attention and lay down new asphalt,

Orange construction signs have already been placed in the work area. Actual work will take place this spring and summer.

A separate state-funded project to be let next month will make repairs to the slowly sliding hillside on Indiana 66 just east of Troy. INDOT could award that project as soon as May 8 with work beginning later this year.