FEMA grants $3 million to help fix Highway 111 in southern Indiana

ELIZABETH, Ind. (WDRB) -- Flooding in February forced Horseshoe Southern Indiana to close temporarily. Six months later, the high water is gone, but it's still causing major problems on Highway 111.

“It's getting pretty narrow there where you try to squeeze by,” said Brad Spine, who frequently drives through the area.

At one point, drivers had to dodge gaping holes up to 6 feet deep.

“It was an emergency just to maintain traffic there and save the highway,” INDOT Spokesman Harry Maginity said.

“I hope something gets done about it,” Spine said.

Crews began work on the site months ago. They installed temporary traffic lights and narrowed the road to one lane, but the work was abruptly forced to stop because of a lag in federal funding.

“It took a little while for the FEMA paperwork to all go through and for the approval to be made,” Maginity said.

INDOT has now secured the funding and will use $3 million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to fix two critical sections of the highway. Eventually, it plans to move the road away from the river and into a nearby field, but that could take years.

“Right now, we're at a very initial design stage on that,” Maginity said.

Crews will resume work on Thursday and plan to be finished by October. 

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