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Pavement dip forces closure of U.S. 40

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A portion of United States 40 near the Clay/Vigo county line was closed by the Indiana Department of Transportation Monday after a 5-8 inch dip was discovered in the pavement. Jason Moon Photo. [Order this photo]
CLAY/VIGO COUNTY LINE -- Officials with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) estimate it would take weeks to repair a 5-8 inch dip in the pavement along United States 40.

On Monday, at approximately 4:30 p.m., INDOT officials announced U.S. 40 at the Clay/Vigo county line would be closed due to the dip, which occurred in a 60-foot long section of the highway.

On Tuesday, INDOT officials, along with officials with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Reclamation and others, were at the site determining how to handle the situation.

According to officials, at one time, the area was mined. On Tuesday, INDOT officials stated there was possibly a large mineshaft in the area that had recently started settling.

Crew members with INDOT said while there was no estimation as to how long the highway would be closed, because of the heavy traffic on U.S. 40, they believed it would take weeks to repair rather than months.

Fox Surveys and Engineering, Terre Haute, surveyors Charles E. and Charles R. Fox told The Brazil Times the same thing happened approximately 40 years ago.

In addition, they said they had driven over the portion of the highway late last week and had a feeling this would happen.

Both surveyors were on site Tuesday morning providing maps of the area.

Until the area is completely repaired, traffic has been rerouted to State Road 59 onto Interstate-70.

In addition, The eastbound ramp to I-70 at U.S. 41 will be closed from 3-7 p.m., Wednesday, then closed again starting Thursday, possibly in the morning, for two weeks due to the ongoing construction project in the area.

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Does anyone recall- this exact thing happened in the same spot about 40 years ago?

-- Posted by gratefoole on Tue, Jun 28, 2011, at 11:23 PM

There is a map on the internet that you can look at and see where there is a old underground mine shaft under this section of road and real close to this spot there was a hoist shaft and 2 tunnels crossing 40. So they may just find the problem. This is not the first time this has happened in this area. Back in the 80's they had to dig up some yards just north and east of this exact spot to fill in a mine shaft so it didn't suck up any houses. Now it is the road. They say the tunnels are 7' tall inside so imagine what that would do to your car if it gave way. There are still people moving the barricades out there and driving through it like it is no big deal or even driving threw peoples yards to get around it. The state needs to put up more permanent barricades to keep people from driving threw there. Just don't get caught doing it or big tickets will be in your hands. The police are watching it hard now.

-- Posted by MS440 on Wed, Jun 29, 2011, at 5:37 AM

Yes this collapse in the late 60s early 70s. My sister's mother in law was the first there and essentially totalled her car driving into the crevase. The was bent in the middle quite severely. She was miraculously uninjured

-- Posted by ROSEChE on Wed, Jun 29, 2011, at 9:48 AM


Being rude to ROSEChE was not necessary. Why is it ok to dig at a person just because of a typo? Being nasty just for the sake of being nasty is worse than making a spelling error.

It's easy to berate a computer screen, but in reality it's a person.

-- Posted by localgal on Wed, Jun 29, 2011, at 11:28 PM

This actually does not surprise me. With all the rain we have had and the fact that we are in a earthquake zone I am surprised it has not happened sooner. And in a lot more locations. Those old mines are dangerous elements of our past. The whole area is sitting on them. I do wish that the collapse had waited a week. With the festival going on traffic is going to murder at SR59 and Pinkley, more so than normal. But of course it is probably something that could not be foreseen. If anyone is stupid enough to risk driving over this "dip" then they deserve to have their vehicle damaged or at the very least fined. Those barricades were put there for a reason.

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 3:09 AM

If I were to drive to Terre Haute from Brazil, I would take C.R.300 West. It takes you south to S.R. 42.

-- Posted by smallguysmalltown on Thu, Jun 30, 2011, at 5:45 AM

Put the new "road patcher" on the job. It's done amazing work for the streets of Brazil, it's surprising that no one outside of this town uses it.


-- Posted by Strider on Sat, Jul 2, 2011, at 11:58 PM

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