The Sherman Minton Bridge was closed indefinitely Friday by Indiana transportation officials after a crack in a load-bearing element was found during a routine inspection.
In a statement, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear promised to help Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and ensure public safety until the bridge can be inspected more thoroughly.
“I have directed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to send a team of our state’s bridge inspectors, engineers, and consultants to help evaluate the situation as quickly as possible and assist the state of Indiana and the Federal Highway Administration,” says Beshear. “These evaluations will begin immediately and will be coordinated with the Indiana Department of Transportation. Our highest priority is confidence that the public’s safety is assured.”
The double-deck configuration was built in 1962 and is an interstate, however, a long-standing agreement gives Indiana responsibility for inspecting and maintaining the bridge.
It is named for the late Supreme Court justice and New Albany resident Sherman Minton.
Beshear is also working with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Metro Government officials to provide any support needed to manage traffic issues throughout the closure.