BOONE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Dorothy Loudon just wants to get home to Chicago after a road trip to Florida.
“We had a GPS and it was saying five more hours and we’re like ‘five more hours, yay’ and then this happened and we’re like now what?,” the Chicago resident said.
She was one of the drivers detoured off I-65 onto U.S. 52.
She stopped several miles north of the detour at a Dairy Queen, the first place drivers can stop.
“This is was the first thing that we came to and if you look at the corners, it’s cornfields,” she said.
She and fellow traveler Cassandra Stigger are struggling to navigate the smaller Indiana roadways.
WISH-TV reached out to INDOT about the bridge that’s been closed now twice in one week, causing backups on I-65.
Debbie Calder said she doesn’t believe they reopened the bridge too soon.
“We wouldn’t have reopened the bridge had we thought anything like this would happen,” she said, “We thought the repairs were made and we were going to continue to monitor it.”
In that monitoring, engineers found a different issue and made the call to close the bridge, again, Friday afternoon.
INDOT said that structural experts found that the existing riverbank pier had settled. Soil and geotechnical experts will be evaluating the area.
“We’re going to continue to investigate and find out what it is going to take to get the repairs needed and get it reopened as quickly and safely as possible,” she said.
But that doesn’t help those like Dorothy and Cassandra who had to add hours to their travel home.
Northbound I-65 was closed and traffic is being diverted off at U.S. 52, which is the 141-mile marker. Once on U.S. 52, drivers should head north for about 17 miles, then turn left on State Road 28. Head west for about 10 miles before turning right on U.S. 231, which will go for about 33 miles before intersecting I-65 in White County.
INDOT says there is no timetable for the interstate to be open again.