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INDOT working to fix Highway 111 near possible landslide

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It’s the same area that flooded back in March and drivers say, after that, the road got worse. It’s the same area that flooded back in March and drivers say, after that, the road got worse.
Part of Highway 111, the road leading to Horseshoe Southern Indiana, is giving way –- and drivers are worried it will soon end up in the Ohio River. Part of Highway 111, the road leading to Horseshoe Southern Indiana, is giving way –- and drivers are worried it will soon end up in the Ohio River.

FLOYD COUNTY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Part of Highway 111, the road leading to Horseshoe Southern Indiana, is giving way –- and drivers are worried it will soon end up in the Ohio River.

"It's not something that you can just swerve around and avoid," said Marcia Smith of Elizabeth, Indiana.

Smith says a section just north of the casino seems to be falling apart.

"I've been driving this route two times a day, five days a week for probably 28 years now," she said.

It’s the same area that flooded back in March and Smith says after that, the road got worse.

"It's actually very, very scary. I have a 16-year-old daughter that has her permit and if she had gone over that she would've lost control of her car."

Some drivers are worried that the cracks in the highway mean the road would one day end up in the Ohio River. They’re hoping the upcoming fix is permanent.

"It's right near the river,” said Smith, “trying to go around it on the other side is not an option because cars are coming the other direction. There have been many head-on collisions on that road."

INDOT has been watching this area for a couple of months and has tried a couple of fixes that were temporary. On Wednesday, crews shut that section of road down.

"So we have a company on call to help us respond to these emergency situations where we need more expertise and specialized equipment and materials beyond what we do in house," said INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield.

Wingfield says it appears to be some sort of landslide. Part of the guardrail isn't even in the ground anymore and cracks in the pavement show even more damage.

"In the meantime we're restricting traffic down two 10-foot wide lanes with a 35 MPH speed limit to help shift traffic away from that location while our contractors can complete their assessment and begin the repairs," said Wingfield.

Even though that may delay drivers, Smith says it's worth it.

"They fixed it and then within a few hours it seems like 8 hours later the same thing was happening,” she said. “The road was sinking -- people are talking about getting through it -- I just think it's very dangerous."

INDOT hopes to have a repair plan submitted soon and then start the fix in a few weeks.

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