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Know the detours for the S.R. 28/39 construction in Frankfort

INDOT began work on State Road 28 and State Road 39 in Frankfort earlier this month. But because this construction is happening on two main roads through downtown Frankfort, it is causing some confusion on the proper detours.

Posted: Apr 12, 2021 8:58 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) - INDOT began work on State Road 28 and State Road 39 in Frankfort earlier this month. But because this construction is happening on two main roads through downtown Frankfort, it is causing some confusion on the proper detours.

INDOT is doing a road rehabilitation project on the state roads. This includes adding more turn lanes, improving sidewalks and adding ADA compliant ramps to sidewalks. 

Right now, the westbound lane on S.R. 28 through downtown is completely closed to traffic. Frankfort Street Commissioner Jason Forsythe said they have had some troubles with large trucks not following the correct detours.

"We're just asking that they slow down, that they take their time because these are residential areas," he said. "For local traffic there are still plenty of areas for them to go."

Forsythe said they are also waiting for construction to begin on Washington Avenue, which is one route people can currently take to avoid the construction on S.R. 28/39. He said INDOT will be shutting it down from Burlington Avenue to the intersection with Washington Street. They be continuing the road rehabilitation project that has already happened on Washington Ave.

They expect the Washington Ave. construction to be completed by this November. Washington St. will remain open through the duration of the state road projects as another detour option.

He said large-scale construction is never easy for a community, but the end result will be worth it.

"We've been working on getting INDOT to do something on 28 for a long time and just like any state road there's a lot of traffic on that road," he said.

INDOT is spending $17.9 million on the State Roads 28 and 39 project. They expect they entire project to be finished in the fall of 2022.

The official detours are:

  • INDOT detours
    • State Road 28: I-65 to S.R. 47 to U.S. 421 and back 
    • State Road 39: I-65 to S.R. 47 and back
  • City of Frankfort State Road 28 detours
    • Northbound: Turn North off of S.R. 28 onto N. County Road 200 W., turn north onto U.S. 421
    • Southbound: Turn south on Prairie Avenue, east on W. County Road 200 S. (Greenlawn), and south on S.R. 39
    • Eastbound: Follow southbound detour to S.R. 39. Turn north on S.R. 39 and east on Kelley Road. Take Kelley Road to U.S. 421

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