Section of busy Warrick Co. highway now closed through November - 14 News, WFIE, Evansville, Henderson, Owensboro

Section of busy Warrick Co. highway now closed through November

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Motorists have been dealing with detours on and off for more than a year on State Road 261. Now that the weather is warming up, INDOT says the second phase of construction will be in full swing.

"It's been kind of rough you have to find alternate routes around, and it's more congested with traffic and all you just kind of have to plan ahead," Castle High senior Tyler Cooper said.

Work continues in front of Castle High School and now INDOT crews are moving farther north. Signs went up on Monday, alerting drivers of the closure between Plank and Jenner Road.  

Motorists will not be able to drive through on State Road 261 from 66 to 62 starting Monday.

"We would just like to caution some of the students that are coming from the Boonville area. Just to be careful, plan ahead, allow some more time to take that detour, because 261 will be closed," Castle Principal, Andy Byers said. 

The detours include State Road 66, I-164, and State Road 62.

The closure will also affect about six homes and some businesses in that mile and half section.  

Students say they are used to the construction and realize their back roads may be more congested with the new detours.

"Generally, I try to come the back way anyway. I can probably slip around, but anytime I have to go for gas in the morning or if I have to go somewhere to the store afterwards, then I'll just take different routes," Cooper said.

Ragel Construction warns drivers some equipment may create some blind spots for drivers. Eventually the 261 expansion will make for better driving conditions with more lanes and flatter land. In the meantime, it's best to avoid the area.

"Buses are going to be coming through here. It gets very congested with all of our buses that come in and out of this small area, so if you can take a different route go ahead and take that. Especially around dismissal time between 2:40 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.," Byers said.

The complete closure on 261 between Plank Road and Jenner Road will last through November with the entire project set to be complete by next April.  

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