Construction crews have wasted little time getting started on the railroad overpass and interchange project on Columbus’ west side that will allow motorists to avoid being stopped by railroad traffic at the intersection of State Road 46 and State Road 11.

Crews from Milestone Contractors have been working seven days a week — and, at times, past daylight hours — on the estimated $35 million project that is being jointly funded by the Indiana Department of Transportation, City of Columbus, Bartholomew County, Cummins Inc. and the Louisville and CSX Railroads.

“We are out there working in the dark,” said Nathan Gaskill, a member of the Milestone Contractors project team, who urged motorists to be cautious when driving through the construction zone on State Road 46 and State Road 11.

So far, workers have been clearing trees, marking locations of proposed new structures, installing erosion control measures, clearing topsoil, relocating utilities and laying the groundwork for the center pier for the new bridge that will carry State Road 46 over State Road 11 and the railroad, said Natalie Garrett, spokeswoman of INDOT’s Seymour district.

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Photo Gallery: Overhead photos of overpass project, December 2019