WKU Public Radio News Staff
Concrete Barriers to be Moved
Thu February 16, 2012
Preparations are Underway for Sherman Minton Bridge Re-opening
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is moving concrete barrier walls and replacing them with orange barrels and signs, as they prepare for the re-opening of the Sherman Minton bridge. The structure was closed in September after a significant crack was discovered in a load-carrying steel beam on the bridge, which carries Interstate 64 traffic between Louisville and New Albany, Indiana.
Because of the time and equipment involved in moving concrete barriers, the work is taking place several days before the bridge re-opens. Barrier wall is scheduled to be removed at three locations Friday. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet workers will be stationed at the locations to prevent motorists from moving the temporary barricades and driving onto ramps prior to the bridge opening.
The Indiana Department of Transportation recently said the bridge might reopen before the end of February, if the weather is favorable.