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INDOT: Sherman Minton Bridge Could Reopen a Week Early

The Indiana Department of Transportation says the Sherman Minton Bridge could reopen about a week earlier than the original March 1 deadline.

Workers are nearly finished installing steel reinforcement plates on the 50 year old bridge. The span has been closed since September 9, when a crack was discovered in a load-bearing support beam.

Officials say striping crews will be out this week restoring ramp configurations along the detour routes.

The Sherman Minton Bridge reinforcement work is being conducted by Louisville-based Hall Contracting.

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Sherman Minton Bridge Fix at Midpoint

Repairs on the closed Sherman Minton Bridge are halfway complete, and officials say the job is running slightly ahead of schedule.

Crews are working 12 hours a day, seven days a week to fasten more steel to reinforce the bridge. The heavily traveled span along Interstate 64 was closed Sept. 9 after a crack was found in a steel support beam.

Greg Prince with the Indiana Department of Transportation says crews are currently reinforcing the exterior portion of the bridge’s load-bearing beams.

“Once that’s complete, then their attention will move into the inside of those tie girders, where the work is a little more complex due to the lateral bracing that’s underneath the bridge,” he said.

The contractor for the project says workers won’t meet a Jan. 27 deadline to secure a $1 million incentive offered by the Horseshoe Foundation.

The job is officially scheduled for completion on March 2.

(Information for this story also came from the Associated Press; file photo by Erica Peterson)