Sinking highway prompts closure in Franklin Co.

(WISH Photo, file)

BROOKVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A highway in rural southeastern Indiana is being closed for emergency repairs where rapid deterioration of the roadside slop has caused pavement to sink.

The state highway department says U.S. 52 will be closed between the Franklin County towns of Brookville and Cedar Grove for several weeks starting Wednesday.

The department says the pavement has dropped up to five inches at places on the highway which runs near the Whitewater River. The guardrail is now lower than the road’s surface at some spots.

Officials say the road has deteriorated rapidly since repair plans were first made a couple weeks ago and rainfall expected this week could make it more dangerous. A contractor is set to start repair work in mid-April. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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