Contaminated soil removed before US 40 project starts

US Highway 40 construction project / WTHI Photo
US Highway 40 construction project / WTHI Photo

CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – On Monday, News 10 reported the U.S. Highway 40 project in Brazil was being pushed back a week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation has announced the project is now scheduled to begin on or after April 15.

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INDOT reported they are working with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management along with a consultant to remove unanticipated contaminated soil.

The Indiana Department of Transportation delayed breaking ground for at least 15 days.

“Folks in this area know down in the west area of town there was a dry cleaners down,” Brazil Mayor Bryan Wyndham explained. “There they used some chemicals that were discovered in doing some testing by IDEM and they are addressing possible contamination of soil In that area.”

We spoke with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) about the testing. They told us the source of the contamination  on the site old dry cleaning business. Dry cleaners commonly used Perchloroethylene on clothes.

“They’ve located some possible contamination within the scope of the IN-DOT project so that needs to be taken care of,” Wyndham said.

Over time, IDEM believes the soil west of the building became contaminated as well. That soil also falls along the line of the Route 40 project and in some folk’s backyards.

“I’m glad they are there doing that because they are concerned about the safety of the residents in that area as well as I am,” the mayor said. “They are continuing to do some monitoring down there to make sure no body that lives in that area is in harm’s way.”

It’s a short detour for a road project, but hopefully creates a safer Brazil.


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