On Monday, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced the street would be closed immediately. The road closure affects 9th Street between the intersection of State Roads 59 and 246 to its junction with State Road 57.
The street will be closed in order for improvements to be made, including the placing of new curbs, gutters and sidewalks in addition to the removing of a curve at State Road 157 and 9th Street.
INDOT also announced new drainage structures and piping improvements would be made.
"I know typically that with any project like this, that's something that is always done," INDOT Public Information Director for the Crawfordsville District Debbie Calder said.
The work has been funded as part of Gov. Mitch Daniels' Major Moves Project.
"Certain projects were to be designated with Major Moves money," Calder said.
The reconstruction of 9th Street in Clay City is part of INDOT's State Road 59 project, Calder said.
"This is the first part of the project," she said.
Calder said the road should be reopened by the end of June.
She added the continuation of the SR 59 project is set to begin June 30, 2011, and is just less than one mile. As part of SR 59 (Main Street) through Clay City is closed, the re-routing of traffic will take place off Nye Street in town.
"There will be other updates as the summer goes on," Calder said.
The entire SR 59 project through the Major Moves program calls for extending road lanes, fixing cubs and road gutters in the downtown area, fixing sidewalks along the road and repairing drainage along the road.
The project is expected to provide two 12-foot travel lanes and two 10-foot parking lanes along SR 59 when completed.