Sherman Minton Bridge Repair Bids Due

Bids for the repairs to the Sherman Minton Bridge will be turned in tomorrow. The Indiana Department of Transportation is managing the bid process. INDOT has pre-qualified six contractors who could install new steel on the span. The bid review and approval process has been expedited, as has the federal approval process. But INDOT officials […]

Louisville’s Transportation Committee Says End Litigation Against Bridges Project

Louisville Metro Council’s Transportation, Bridges and Public Works Committee is asking River Fields and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to drop its suit against the Ohio River Bridges Project, as it continues to narrow down the options to begin building by next August. “We are in a battle saying what can we do to […]

Sherman Minton Bridge Expected to Open in 6 Months

Federal and state authorities say the Sherman Minton Bridge will reopen in about six months. The bridge closed three weeks ago after a crack was found in its support structure. Gov. Steve Beshear, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez made the announcement at the New Albany fire headquarters on Friday. The […]

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

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 […]

Novelty Twitter Accounts Surge During Bridge Closure

The Sherman Minton Bridge closure has spawned a number of novelty Twitter accounts, including two for the bridge itself. Jason Oberhausen is behind one of them, @smintonbridge64 (the others are @shermintbridge and @ucantcrossme). He says this is his first novelty account, and he hopes it adds levity to a serious event. “It’s only traffic, right? So […]

Local Businesses Surveyed For Impact of Bridge Closure

Greater Louisville Inc. is sending surveys to area businesses to determine the effect the Sherman Minton Bridge closure had on local business. The survey went out Tuesday to members of GLI, One Southern Indiana and several other business associations as local businesses are adjusting schedules, management, and in some cases shipping routes in response to […]

The Thursday Morning Commute: 6:45am Update

Here’s where we stand as Thursday dawns in Louisville and Southern Indiana. Officials say the traffic plan is working well and they don’t plan significant changes. Our traffic notes: Clark Memorial Bridge: • Three lanes south, one lane north in the morning. • Two lanes south, two north in the evening I-64 to Third Street […]

Officials Say Traffic Plan Works Well, Significant Changes Unlikely

The traffic plan for getting around the Sherman Minton Bridge has been tweaked over three days and further alterations are unlikely. The plan reroutes traffic to the Kennedy and Clark Memorial bridges in downtown Louisville. Officials spent Monday and Tuesday adjusting the ramps, availability of exits and the number of lanes in each direction. Among […]

Commutes Better Than Expected, New Changes Applied

Officials say that rush-hour commutes have been better than expected and new changes will be applied on Wednesday in response to the closure of the Sherman Minton Bridge. The announcements came from both Indiana and Kentucky’s transportation departments at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. The states addressed traffic concerns for the second rush-hour day […]