SR 75 over wildcat creek

DES. NO. 1601029

Cutler, Carroll County, Indiana



Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT)


The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is developing plans for the proposed SR 75 over Wildcat Creek Bridge Improvement located in Cutler, Carroll County, Indiana. The purpose of the project is to improve the legal load rating of the bridge to 36 tons or more so that restrictions are not required according to FHWA Load Rating policy, to improve the superstructure rating from a 5 to a 7 (good), and to improve the wearing surface rating from 5 to an 8 (very good) or 9 (new).

As proposed, the project involves rehabilitation of the existing structure for continued vehicular use by increasing the structural capacity to at or above the required load rating. The existing bridge deck will be removed from both spans and a new concrete deck will be constructed. The existing approach slabs will be removed and replaced. Additional rehabilitation of the deck will include installing a new expansion joint at pier 2, creating a new drainage system for the structure and replacing pavement markings in-kind matching previous roadway striping.


Shear studs will be installed on top of beams to increase load carrying capacity. Damaged or deteriorated stringers or other structural steel components will be cleaned and patched or replaced “in-kind.” Existing railing will be replaced along with railing transitions at all four ends. The original railing (constructed in 1947) will stay in place. Approximately 88 rivets that have been determined inadequate will be replaced with high strength bolts to increase the load carrying capacity. After the repairs are done, the structural steel will be painted. To meet minimum useable shoulder width requirements, the lane width will be reduced from 11.75-feet to 11-feet to increase the shoulder width to 3-feet. The structure length will be increased by 0.89 feet from 240 feet to approximately 240.89 feet.


The Maintenance of Traffic (MOT) plan for the project will require a full closure of the bridge and a detour during construction utilizing SR 18, US 421, and SR 26, a distance of approximately 19.5 miles from closure point to closure point. The closure of the bridge will be limited to June-August. MOT details will be presented during the public hearing. Access to all properties will be maintained during construction. INDOT will coordinate with emergency services, local school corporation officials and project stakeholders to ensure potential disruptions and impacts are minimized as much as possible. The project is not anticipated to require any permanent or temporary right-of-way.


The INDOT will host a public hearing on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at the Cutler General Store/Cutler Merchant Building  located at 73 East 485 South, Cutler, IN 46920, the hearing will begin at 6:00 p.m. A Legal Notice of Public Hearing with additional information about the hearing can be found by opening “Legal Notice of Public Hearing” under “Project Document Links” below. The Environmental Document (CE 4) along with preliminary design plans can be found by opening “Environmental Document (CE 4) with Preliminary Design Plans.” A project information packet can be found by opening  “Project Information Packet.” The hearing presentation is also available by opening “Video Presentation.”


Public statements for the record will be taken as part of the public hearing procedure. All verbal statements recorded during the public hearing and all written comments submitted prior to, during and for a period of two (2) weeks following the hearing date, will be evaluated, considered and addressed in subsequent environmental documentation. Comments can be submitted via the comment box below or by using the  printable “Comment Form” linked below. Written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing and within the comment period to: Leah Perry, at American Structurepoint, Inc., 9025 River Road, Suite 200, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240. E-mail: INDOT respectfully requests comments be submitted by July 16, 2021.



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Leah Perry

American Structurepoint, Inc.


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