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Final Preparations Made for Bridge Reopening

Preparations are being made on the Kentucky side of the Sherman Minton Bridge for its reopening, which, according to one report, could occur as early as midnight tonight.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Andrea Clifford says crews removed concrete barriers that were put into place to block access to the bridge from westbound I-64.

“We’ll have orange cones there and KYTC staff in place to keep those approaches closed, until such time that Indiana DOT reopens the Sherman Minton Bridge. We’re going to keep staff people there because we don’t motorists getting out and moving the cones and barrels and such and deciding to drive up on the approach to take a look around for themselves,” she said.

Workers also removed barriers at the I-64 westbound interchange with I-65, which was shut down to aid traffic flow. The entrance ramp from Story Avenue to westbound I-64 has also been reopened.
The Indiana Department of Transportation said last week that the Sherman Minton Bridge could reopen sometime next week. WDRB-TV reports that the span will begin taking on traffic again at midnight tonight, but an Indiana Department of Transporation spokesman told WFPL he had no information to confirm the report.

The bridge was closed in early September when inspectors discovered a crack in a support beam.

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Wired65 Report Released

A new report was released Tuesday in Louisville that assesses the the economic and workforce development challenges facing a 26 county region in Kentucky and Indiana adjacent to the Interstate 65 corridor.

The Wired65 Regional Competitiveness Strategy was authored in part by the Austin, Texas consulting firm TIP Strategies.

Company executive Tom Stellman says among the report’s observations is that the skill sets of the region’s workforce do not match many job opportunites, and there’s a particular need for people with certain technical skills.

“The demand for artisans, the demand for craftsmen, the demand for machinists, those people who can not only think critically but can use their hands to solve problems, there’s a huge gap right now. And even with unemployment rates high, with people being laid off right now, there still a huge demand.” Stellman told a crowd of education and business leaders.

The full Wired 65 report is available here.

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Indiana DOT Announces I-65 Lane Closures

Southern Indiana motorists who plan to travel southbound over the Kennedy Bridge Friday and Saturday nights will encounter some delays

Friday night, the Indiana Department of Transportation will be patching the outside lane of southbound I-65 between Mile Marker One and the bridge, as well as a two nearby ramps.

Spokesperson Marvin Jenkins says work continues Saturday night on two other southbound lanes approaching the bridge.

“It will start about 8:00pm (Saturday), they’ll work in the median lane. Then starting about 10:00pm, they’ll close the center lane. So at 10:00pm two of the three lanes will be restricted,” Jenkins said.

Meanwhile, the nearby Clark Memorial Bridge will be closed from 8:00-10:00pm Saturday for a charity fundraiser.

Jenkins says there will be signs directing motorists to an alternate route that will take them over the Sherman Minton Bridge.