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Early Repair Work Underway On Sherman Minton Bridge

by Rick Howlett on November 3, 2011

Indiana Department of Transportation officials say preliminary work has begun on Sherman Minton Bridge repair project.

The project’s contractor has pledged to have the span re-opened by early March.

The Sherman Minton Bridge was shut down September 9 after a crack was discovered in a load-bearing support.

Last-month, Louisville-based Hall Contracting won the bid to reinforce the span. Some 2.4 million pounds of steel are being cast for the project, and Hall is installing platforms that will allow crews to work under the bridge.

INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield says the countdown for Hall to complete the work began more than two weeks ago.

“The clock is ticking, and there’s severe pressure on Hall Contracting to get the work done. Not only in terms of damages that they would be liable for ($100,000 per day) if they don’t meet that 135 day schedule, but also the incentives of $100,000 per day. That is to my knowledge the highest incentives that INDOT has ever put on a contract,” Wingfield said.

Hall Contracting says it can have the project completed by March 2nd, if weather permits, at a total cost of $13.9 million.

(Photo by Erica Peterson)

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Sherman Minton Bridge Contract Awarded, Repair Work to Begin Soon

by Gabe Bullard October 18, 2011

A Louisville-based company has won the contracting to repair the Sherman Minton Bridge, and work could begin this week. Hall Contracting submitted a bid to repair the bridge in 135 days at a cost of $13.9 million. Indiana Department of Transportation spokesman Will Wingfield says there are some final details to iron out, but Hall […]

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Sherman Minton Bridge Repairs to Cost $20 Million, Take Six Months

by Gabe Bullard September 30, 2011

Repairs to the Sherman Minton Bridge are expected to take about six months and will cost approximately $20 million, according to state and federal officials. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez announced the details this morning, adding that work will begin immediately. The U.S. Department of Transportation […]

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Bridge Closure: Ramp Widening Underway In Southern Indiana

by Rick Howlett September 13, 2011

Indiana Department of Transportation workers have begun expanding several interstate ramps in southern Indiana from one to two lanes to help ease congestion caused by the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge. Paving and striping crews are expanding the I-265 westbound ramp to I-64 westbound, and the I-64 eastbound ramp to I-265 eastbound today. Tomorrow, […]

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Yarmuth Says Sherman Minton Repairs as Serious as Disaster Relief

by Gabe Bullard September 12, 2011

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth has called the White House to discuss the Sherman Minton Bridge closure. “We have no idea at this point the extent of the repairs that would be needed or even if the bridge can be repaired,” says Yarmuth. “There’s a chance this is going to require a significant expenditure of […]

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Bridge To Be Closed For Weeks; Officials Working On Traffic Plan

by Rick Howlett September 10, 2011

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels says the Sherman Minton Bridge will remain closed for more than three weeks, as engineers inspect the bridge for more structural faults and determine how to repair them. Daniels ordered the nearly 50 year old span shut down Friday after inspectors discovered cracks in two support beams. Indiana Department of Transportation […]

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