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BREAKING: I-70 Update

Monday, June 9, 2008

Officials at the Clay County Sheriff's Department are asking local residents to find alternate routes for travel until Interstate-70 is reopened for traffic sometime later tonight.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton, who recently met with officials of the Indiana Department of Transportation, told The Brazil Times the road is expected to remain closed for several more hours.

Although asphalt repairs near the 30-mile marker of I-70 are near completion, officials said the road will need to "cure" for a longer period of time with the hope it will be able to handle the weight of traffic when the road is reopened.

I-70 has been closed since a large portion of the highway collapsed because of heavy rains and flooding Saturday morning, with traffic rerouted to United States 40 and into Brazil.

Road crews worked overnight to make repairs, but, when it was reopened Sunday afternoon, the portion of the road collapsed again under the weight of traffic.

"Things are running fairly smooth considering that we have two lanes of interstate traffic backed up for 6-7 miles in one lane," Heaton told The Times via telephone interview. "We're scheduling officers to work traffic through midnight in case we need them, but we're hoping the road will open sooner than that."

Heaton said officers are on patrol throughout the county and "we're operating as normal."

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