WKU Public Radio News Staff
Fri September 23, 2011
Officials in Indiana Say a Full Replacement Won't be Needed for Sherman Minton Bridge
By Dan Modlin/AP
Bowling Green, KY – The Indiana Highway Department says engineers aren't certain what needs to be done to repair the nearly half-century old bridge that runs between southern Indiana and Louisville. However, they have determined that a full replacement won't be needed. The structure was closed two weeks ago when inspectors found a crack in a load-bearing steel support beam. Traffic has been re-routed to the area's other two Ohio River bridges, leading to lengthy traffic delays. Michael Cline, the Highway Commissioner in Indiana, says his agency will meet with contractors next week. Officials hope repairs on the bridge can be started as soon as possible.