CHARLESTOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- A construction project has a busy roadway in southern Indiana shut down. 

An almost $3 million improvement to State Road 403 at the Silver Creek bridge began Thursday morning. The Indiana Department of Transportation says the new bridge will be 275-feet long and about 31-feet wide. 

The bridge is located one mile east of U.S. 31 between Sellersburg and Charlestown. And that means drivers will have to detour around the construction.  
Northbound drivers will take U.S. 31 to Henryville, then State Road 160 to Charlestown before getting back on State Road 403.

Local business owners near the bridge say it’s causing traffic problems, but they want customers to know they are still open. They realize the bridge work is necessary and the construction impacts both customers and employees.

"It’s impacting us a great deal. It slows down the residential business that comes in here, people don’t want to fight the traffic they have to fight so they just don’t come,” said John Biesel from Earth First. 

During the closure, crews will tie together old and new pavement sections. The road is expected to be closed for up to two weeks.

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