The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to close State Road 252 between Smith Road and Brookville beginning on or after Jan. 25.

According to INDOT, this is for a slide correction project along S.R. 252, approximately 0.6 miles east of Brookville, just west of Smith Road. The contractor, GeoStabilization International, will stabilize and repair a 920-foot section of roadway.

The closure is expected to last for 10-12 weeks through mid-April, weather permitting.

INDOT documents state the need for this project stems from deteriorated conditions in the roadway and embankment along S.R. 252, which creates a safety concern for the public. This condition is the result of the land slide occurring along the south side of S.R. 252, where the failure plane of the slide is occurring at the soil/rock interface of the overburdened soil and weathered shale layer. In the past, there have been pavement overlays to correct the pavement, but these were temporary fixes.

The purpose of the project is to restore this section of S.R. 252 that was damaged by landslide activity, stabilize the failed slope, which in doing so will reduce the potential for future slide activity and result in improved traffic safety for the public.

The official detour from INDOT is U.S. 52 to I-74 to OH-128 to OH-126 and to S.R. 252. Take the opposite directions if coming from the east side of the closure.

The detour, for local traffic only (no semis) is S.R. 101 to Oxford Pike to Dorrel Road and to S.R. 252. Take the opposite direction if coming from the east side of the closure.

Motorists are reminded to slow down and use extreme caution in and near work zones. All work is weather dependent.