Franklin County Commissioners were notified by the Indiana Department of Transportation that U.S. 52 will be closed for up to 15 weeks beginning late February or early March.

The official detour will route traffic from U.S. 52, to S.R. 229, onto I-74, then to S.R. 1. Duck Creek Road will be utilized for local traffic as an unofficial detour. Commissioners are anticipating significant wear to Duck Creek Road and are planning to keep track of any maintenance and upgrades that are required to mitigate the damage.

The closure will occur just west of Brookville, near Whitewater Canoe Rental and continuing to the top of the hill. Whitewater Canoe Rental, Pizza King and Skyward Adventures will be accessible from the Brookville side of the closure.

GeoStabilization International will bring their geohazard mitigation expertise to stabilize the slide area where the highway closely follows the Whitewater River. They are currently wrapping up a project on a similar slide area north of New Trenton.

INDOT has another project planned for U.S. 52 in the southeast of the county. As soon as February 17, crews will begin clearing trees to make room for the replacement of two small structures. Motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures during the clearing work.

Starting in early April, crews will close U.S. 52 for approximately 45 days at each structure. The first structure is 4.77 miles east of S.R. 1 where GSI is currently working. The second structure is 6.48 miles east of S.R. 1, just past the county line in Dearborn County.

The detour for this project will utilize S.R. 1 and S.R. 46. The project is schedule for completion by July 31, 2020.