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Preparations for the August 21 Solar Eclipse

Indiana Department of Transportation officials urge motorists to plan for traffic congestion expected to occur in southern Indiana before and after the total solar eclipse on August 21. Approximately 200 million people live within a day’s drive of the total eclipse path. Many will be on the road to get a closer view.

INDOT officials offer the following advice:

  • Be prepared for traffic congestion before and after the August 21 eclipse.
  • DO NOT look at the partial eclipse without proper filtration.
  • Interstate 69, U.S. 41, and U.S. 231 are expected to experience increased traffic in southbound lanes before the event as caravans of motorists head for Western Kentucky where the moon’s full eclipse of the sun can be viewed within a 70-mile-wide swath encompassing Hopkinsville, Paducah, and Madison, KY. After the event, transportation planners anticipate a “mass exodus” from total eclipse regions.  Expect heavier than normal northbound traffic on these routes. Interstate 65 will also see increased traffic going to—and returning from—total eclipse vantage points that begin at Bowling Green, KY and extend beyond Nashville, TN.  Again, southbound traffic is expected to rise before the solar eclipse. Northbound lanes will experience congestion after the eclipse.

If you want to drive toward the eclipse path for better viewing, allow extra time.

  • If skies are clear, August 21’s solar eclipse promises to be an unforgettable celestial phenomenon, the first that has been visible to all 48 contiguous states in several hundred years.  Beyond the total eclipse’s 70-mile-wide path—which arcs across 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina—a partial eclipse will provide a sky show that becomes more and more pronounced the closer spectators get to the sun’s full black-out. The partial eclipse can be well seen throughout Indiana, but traveling south improves the view. For example, Evansville is situated to experience a partial eclipse of 99 percent and Jeffersonville will see 96 percent. This mid-day event waxes and wanes over a period of several hours.
  • Make plans now for overnight accommodations—overnight camping is prohibited at rest areas.

If planning to view the eclipse, wear safety glasses. They are available online or from many popular retailers costing from $2 to $70; some are being given away by organizations.

Do’s & Don'ts:

  • Don’t take pictures while driving.
  • Don’t wear eclipse glasses while driving
  • Don’t stop along the interstate or park on the shoulder.
  • Do turn your headlights on during the eclipse event.

For more information please visit the NASA website at http://eclipse2017.nasa.gov. 

I-64 Eastbound Lane Closures At Sherman Minton Bridge Shift To Right Lanes

Indiana Department of Transportation’s contractor will begin making repairs to the underside of Sherman Minton bridge’s upper deck from eastbound Interstate 64’s two right lines.  This will require closing both eastbound right lanes on the Indiana approach at mile marker 123.7 during overnight hours between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.  Repairs on the downstream side of the upper deck begin this Sunday evening (AUGUST 13).  Eastbound I-64’s double right lane closure— which extends approximately 1500 feet—is expected to continue through Friday morning.

Wiss-Janney-Elstner Associates is Indiana’s contractor for this $973,000 Sherman Minton bridge repair project. 

On Monday night (AUGUST 14), I-64’s right lane closure will be extended to the center Sherman Minton bridge’s arch span over the Ohio River to accommodate repairs by an electrical contractor to navigational lights. 

On Thursday (AUGUST 17), there will be an hour-long daytime closure of eastbound I-64’s right lane while Indiana, Kentucky and federal highway officials inspect the full length of the bridge.  This annual Border Bridge walk-thru will occur sometime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.  It will begin at the Indiana approach at mile marker 123.4 and end on the Kentucky side of the river.   

INDOT anticipates eastbound I-64 left lane closures August 21-25.

Source - INDOT

SR 335 Repairs Begin Thursday (Greenville To Pekin)

The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to make repairs to State Road 335 between Greenville and Pekin—beginning Thursday (JULY 20)—weather permitting.  Motorists will be directed around advancing worksites by flaggers. 

E & B Paving, the state’s contractor for an $870,000 patch and rehabilitation project, should begin making full- and partial-depth asphalt patches in the northbound lane of S.R. 335 starting a Greenville.  In approximately two weeks, work will shift to the southbound lane beginning at Pekin.   

S.R. 111 and S.R. 211 in eastern Harrison County have been rehabilitated under this repair contract.  Once work on S.R. 335 has been completed, operations will focus on S.R. 56 in Washington County.  

Pavement striping will occur in late August.

Public Meetings

Planning Commission
08-21-2017 6:00 pm
Public Hearing - Floyd County Comprehensive Plan
08-21-2017 6:00 pm
Stormwater Board Meeting
09-05-2017 4:30 pm
Commissioners Meeting
09-05-2017 6:00 pm
Park Board
09-06-2017 6:00 pm
Board of Zoning Appeals
09-11-2017 6:00 pm

Community Events

Free Showing of LaLa Land
08-26-2017 8:00 pm
First Friday Concert Series
09-01-2017 12:00 pm
Southern Indiana Genealogical Society Meeting
09-07-2017 7:00 pm
Free Showing of Moana
09-30-2017 7:00 pm
First Friday Concert Series
10-06-2017 12:00 pm
First Friday Concert Series
11-03-2017 12:00 pm

Education/Service Events

Free Computer Classes
08-22-2017 6:30 pm
Free Computer Classes
08-24-2017 6:30 pm
Free Computer Classes
09-07-2017 6:30 pm
Free Computer Classes
09-12-2017 6:30 pm
Free Computer Classes
09-14-2017 6:30 pm
Free Computer Classes
09-19-2017 6:30 pm