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INDOT says part of I-69 is sinking

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Drivers beware! Part of Interstate 69 is sinking.

An INDOT investigation was initiated on Wednesday after a 14 News viewer alerted us to the issue at the Gibson and Pike County line. That prompted a maintenance director to immediately be sent to the scene.

INDOT confirms this is a problem and one that will have to be fixed. They tell us they were not aware that the road is sinking.  

Most of I-69 was made with concrete, but over in the Gibson/Pike County area where the problem is, asphalt was used. Officials say that's a region that has undergone a lot of mining, which has caused some settling. Contractors used asphalt there because it's more flexible.  

Once INDOT officials arrived on scene Wednesday, they found part of the approach to the Patoka Bridge has sunk 6 inches. 

Drivers tell 14 News that this is a hazard. INDOT agrees it's a problem, but one that might take some time to fix.

"Once weather warms up and the asphalt plants in the area are able to fire up and begin making our typical asphalt, the contractors will go back in there, place more material, and build a wedge in that particular area, smooth that out so that transition on and off the bridge is smoother," Cher Elliot with INDOT told 14 News.

INDOT tells 14 News they will have inspectors back on scene Thursday to look at the area again in daylight, where they could find the road has sunk even more than 6 inches.

They say this is a problem they've seen before and it's something that can be fixed.  

As of now, that stretch of the interstate remains open.

To find out more about this situation, we'll have a report coming up on 14 News at 10.

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