Crews starting repairs on failing concrete on I-69 in Evansville

NB lane of I-69 closed in Evansville until further notice
Published: Jun. 10, 2021 at 1:56 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 12:24 PM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - INDOT officials say they met with contractors Monday to discuss the concrete failure on I-69 at the 15-mile marker in Evansville.

The northbound driving lane closed on Thursday, June 10 after INDOT officials discovered a small patch of failing concrete.

INDOT told 14 News that their engineers believe the joints in the concrete failed, leaving holes and gaps in the driving lane.

They say repair work will begin Tuesday and is expected to be finished by early next week, depending on the weather.

Officials ask drivers to be cautious in the area while crews are working.

“Summertime, it’s like clockwork, the barrels come out,” Jordan Lamborn, a frequent I-69 driver said.

That’s how drivers feel now that they’re seeing construction drums line the northbound lane of I-69.

“I don’t know if it’s semis, I don’t know if it’s the weather or what. But they’re always repairing these roads yearly and it just doesn’t, it doesn’t last,” Lamborn said.

INDOT officials say the joints in the stretch of concrete failed last week, leaving the roadway loose.

“There are different applications for different types of road surface, and that’s the most important thing to remember. One size does not fit all when it comes to road surfacing or road building. There are certain soil types that will call for asphalt, and there are certain soil types that call for concrete and certain drainage that calls for different types of materials,” Jason Tiller from INDOT explained.

So, is this common for joints in the road to fail?

“Think of it like this, everybody has tires on their car, and the car itself is not going to wear out. So, in this scenario, the car is the road. So the road, the surface, that’s all perfectly fine. But you do eventually have to replace the tires on your car,” Tiller said.

Officials say it’s safe to blame it on traffic conditions and the highly traveled roads.

“As concrete slabs expand and contract there is a buffer to keep one from having a hole in the road,” said Tiller. “If you have that, if you were to have something like that, again, it will move around as it expands and contracts, and you’ll get a situation like we have on I-69 right now.”

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