Bridge Reopening Clears Way for Kentucky Road Improvement Projects

The reopening of the Sherman Minton Bridge over the weekend means two major Kentucky Transportation Cabinet improvement projects will move forward this summer.

The cabinet’s Andrea Clifford says the state is advertising for a contract for deck repairs on the Kennedy Bridge, but the work won’t begin until after Memorial Day.

“We’ll also be able to resume resurfacing and bridge deck work on Interstate-71 as you approach downtown Louisville. That project had to be postponed this fall because Interstate-71 was the detour route to I-65 during the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge,” she said.

The cabinet suspended the work when the Sherman Minton Bridge was shut down by Governor Mitch Daniels when inspectors found a crack in a support beam.

It was reopened late Friday night after more than five months of repair work.