The Indiana Department of Transportation announces lane closures and restrictions throughout Southwestern Indiana for pipe replacement and repair projects in multiple locations. Near the end of August, motorists will begin seeing short-term closures and restrictions on state routes district wide. INDOT maintenance crews will begin working on culvert pipes across state routes. The work, in many cases will require some excavation work, making closures necessary. Closures or restrictions are scheduled to be less than a week long, depending upon weather conditions. Residential traffic will have access to the point of closure. INDOT encourages all other motorists to use the official detours set forth using the nearest state routes. During the closures, to avoid further inconvenience and enhance safety, motorists should leave extra time to get to their destinations, slow down in the work zones, and minimize distractions while driving. Listed below is a summary of some of the planned work zones include: – Martin County: Beginning on or around September 1st, State Road 450, near Shoals, will be closed for a pipe replacement at mile marker 3. The road will be closed from U.S. 50 to 158. The official detour uses U.S. 50, State Road 37, U.S. 150, and State Road 450. – Lawrence County: Beginning on or around September 7th, U.S. 50 near Bedford will be closed from State Road 60 to State Road 37 for two pipe replacement projects at mile markers 57 and 62. The official detour uses State Road 37, State Road 60, and U.S. 50.