The section of State Road 56 where vehicles are currently stopped for an alternating one-way traffic signal below the Hillside Inn (top) will be closed for good Tuesday morning and all traffic on State Road 56 will use East Second Street (bottom) as well as U.S. 421 traffic going to and from the Milton-Madison Bridge. (Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)
The section of State Road 56 where vehicles are currently stopped for an alternating one-way traffic signal below the Hillside Inn (top) will be closed for good Tuesday morning and all traffic on State Road 56 will use East Second Street (bottom) as well as U.S. 421 traffic going to and from the Milton-Madison Bridge. (Courier staff photo by Mark Campbell)
The next phase of the new Milton-Madison Bridge approach to Main Street will begin immediately after the morning traffic rush Tuesday, Sept. 10, when the 900 block of East Second Street is re-opened to one-lane traffic in both directions and State Road 56 is closed permanently to traffic between East Second and the main entrance to the Hillside Inn.

The City of Madison received a progress report on the project Monday indicating Beaty Construction will complete work on the first half of East Second Street from State Road 56 to Harrison Street by Tuesday morning, allowing the state to divert traffic onto East Second Street east of Harrison, which will become the new State Road 56, as construction of 421 Gateway To Madison progresses.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said this phase will close access to Sering Street from State Road 56. Residents with houses on Sering Street will need to access their homes from the west. The east entrance to the Hillside Inn will remain closed during this phase.

Construction crews completed installation of a new box culvert at East Second Street and State Road 56 last week and finished curb construction and paving of one side of the 900 block of East Second Street Monday. As traffic is diverted onto the new pavement, workers can then finish the other side of East Second Street while also working to complete the new roadway that will connect the intersection of Harrison and East Second streets with Main Street just below the Hillside Inn.

Traffic on State Road 56 will remain one lane and controlled by a light that alternates flow. The traffic light on the east end of the project will remain where it is now at Ferry Street, but the light on the west end will be moved farther east to the intersection of State Road 56 and East Second Street with traffic traveling east backing up on Second Street toward the intersection of Harrison Street.

The intersection of Harrison and East Second Street will have signs making it a three-way stop. The 900 block of East Second Street should be able to accommodate a back-up of about 10 vehicles and traffic flow will be monitored to see if plans need to be adjusted, said Brian Jackson, utility manager for the City of Madison.

The project is not expected to be completed until 2020.