Public is invited to learn more about project March 20

Indiana Department of Transportation will conduct a public meeting about its U.S. 27 bridge project in Richmond.

The open-house-style meeting will be 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 20, with a project presentation planned at 6 p.m. at New Boswell, 450 N. 10th St., Richmond, according to an INDOT news release. INDOT representatives will present project information and discuss the project with attendees, collecting community feedback.

After the meeting, materials shared during the meeting will be posted on INDOT’s Renew Richmond webpage,, where project details are explained.

The project, which is scheduled to begin during April, will replace the U.S. 27 bridge that crosses several roads and the Norfolk Southern Railroad tracks in the city’s Historic Depot District. The new bridge will follow the same alignment as the current bridge.

Improvements will address unprotected pier columns in downtown streets and pedestrian facilities that do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The sidewalk and staircases on the east side will be removed with the sidewalk and staircases on the west side upgraded to ADA compliance. A block of North F Street will be permanently closed.

The $12.8 million project is expected to take two years to complete. North E Street and Fort Wayne Avenue will remain open during construction.

Find meeting information on the city of Richmond website at

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A version of this article appeared in the March 15 2023 print edition of the Western Wayne News.