Obama Admonishes McConnell Over Bridges — Again

Pitching the American Jobs Act along the Potomac River near Key Bridge on Wednesday, President Obama once again called out Republican congressional leaders by name for not supporting the $447 billion jobs plans. While the tactic hasn’t proved to serve the Obama administration’s agenda in Washington, it has given the president a slight bump in his… Continue reading Obama Admonishes McConnell Over Bridges — Again

Sherman Minton Bridge Basis for Story on Crumbling Infrastructure and Business

The Sherman Minton Bridge is slated to re-open next year. It will end months of frustration for area commuters and business owners. The business angle was among the first local media pursued after the bridge closed. Stories about businesses in Indiana being cut off from their customer base appeared alongside stories about New Albany businesses… Continue reading Sherman Minton Bridge Basis for Story on Crumbling Infrastructure and Business

Sherman Minton Bridge Contract Awarded, Repair Work to Begin Soon

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… Continue reading Sherman Minton Bridge Contract Awarded, Repair Work to Begin Soon

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… Continue reading Sherman Minton Bridge Repair Bids Due

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… Continue reading Sherman Minton Bridge Expected to Open in 6 Months

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

Bridge Inspection Could Wind Down Soon

Engineers could finish their inspection of the closed Sherman Minton Bridge in a week or so. The Interstate 64 span was shut down by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels on September 9th after a structural crack was discovered. The crack, which dates back to the 1960s when the bridge was built, has been fixed. Officials said… Continue reading Bridge Inspection Could Wind Down Soon

Crack in Bridge Fixed, But Full Inspection Still Needed

The U.S. Department of Transportation says fixing the Sherman Minton Bridge is a top priority. The announcement was made on Friday that the bridge would not have to be replaced. But that doesn’t answer the question of when the bridge could reopen or who would have to pay for the repairs, said officials. U.S. Secretary… Continue reading Crack in Bridge Fixed, But Full Inspection Still Needed

Indiana Officials Say Full Replacement Not Needed for Sherman Minton Bridge

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Sherman Minton Bridge will not need to be replaced. For the past two weeks, state inspectors from Indiana and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet have been examining the bridge, which Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels ordered shut down on September 9 after a crack was found in its… Continue reading Indiana Officials Say Full Replacement Not Needed for Sherman Minton Bridge

Paul, Yarmuth Will Join Obama Aboard Air Force One Today

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., will travel with President Obama on Air Force One Thursday morning en route to the Brent Spence Bridge in northern Kentucky. The president is visiting the span in Cincinnati to rally support for his jobs plan and both lawmakers plan to speak with Mr.… Continue reading Paul, Yarmuth Will Join Obama Aboard Air Force One Today