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Drivers finding way around Francisco road closure blocked by semis

Published: Aug. 20, 2021 at 7:57 AM CDT
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GIBSON CO., Ind. (WFIE) - The road construction project on State Road 64 is frustrating some people living in Francisco.

Right now crews are replacing a section of the road, so traffic has to be diverted away from the main stretch of town.

[Previous: Traffic Alert: S.R. 64 now closed in Francisco]

A detour has been set up, but crews say a couple semi drivers have ignored the signs, causing even more problems for drivers.

Friday morning, officials with the Gibson County Sheriff’s Office told drivers to avoid CR 650 East and 250 South because a semi was in a ditch in that area.

Semi stuck Friday at 650 East and 250 South in Francisco
Semi stuck Friday at 650 East and 250 South in Francisco(Gibson County News & Talk)

Another semi got stuck at the same intersection Thursday.

Semi stuck Thursday at 650 East and 250 South in Francisco
Semi stuck Thursday at 650 East and 250 South in Francisco(Gibson County News & Talk)

Neighbors told 14 News, right in town, they’re having trouble with trucks coming too close to the road work.

Bert Brittingham lives right next to the bulk of the construction.

He said drivers are often ignoring the detour and road closure signs.

“They’ll weave around them even with a semi and come to the tore up rode, and try to find a place to turn around then,” he said.

He said the semis are the most problematic.

Large trucks aren’t allowed into town, and when they make their way in, they get stuck and have to back out the way they came.

Trucks are supposed to be using a detour that takes them along I-69 and S.R. 168 back to U.S. Highway 41.

Jason Tiller with the Indiana Department of Transportation explained that they’ve mapped the route out because it’s the best way for trucks to avoid running off the road or having to turn back.

“It is kind of an involved detour,” he acknowledged. “But it is kind of a necessary evil, unfortunately.”

Tiller said the repairs will take until the summer of 2022 to complete.

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