Sherman Minton Bridge repair to take six months

| 10/4/2011

The bridge that carries I-64 in and out of Louisville, KY, will take six months to fix and cost $20 million, officials said this week. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels ordered the Sherman Minton Bridge closed on Sept. 9 after inspectors discovered a serious crack in the steel.

Daniels and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear outlined the repair schedule in a statement. They hope to have a contractor by mid-October and are offering financial incentives for early completion of the project in the spring.

Indiana is responsible for maintaining the bridge. The state issued documents to potential bidders on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Truckers and motorists have been using detours to avoid the Interstate 64 crossing of the Ohio River. The states have advised truckers to use the I-65 Kennedy Memorial Bridge as the preferred alternate.

Overweight and over-dimensional loads are not permitted on the Kennedy Memorial or the 2nd Street Clark Memorial Bridge that carries U.S. 31. Kentucky has identified six routes for carrying permitted loads.

Information about detours and permitted routes is available here.

Following the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge, the Federal Highway Administration recommended additional inspections on 10 other bridges in the area. So far, inspectors have found no damage or deficiencies.