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Rehabilitation project on I-64 Sherman Minton Bridge to result in lane closures over next four weeks

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

Drivers who use the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge can expect lane closures over the next four weeks as the first phase of a three-year major rehabilitation project.

Inspections of the double-decker bridge that crosses the Ohio River between Louisville and New Albany, Indiana with three lanes in either direction, began on Tuesday. To allow the inspection team to safely do its work on, above and below the bridge, drivers will encounter alternating lane closures and can expect one lane to be closed in one direction during the day.

Sherman Minton Bridge will have lane closures during a rehab project over the next month. (Transportation Cabinet photo)

Now through April 1, westbound closures will begin daily around 7 a.m. and end around 3 p.m. From April 6-18, eastbound closures will begin daily around 9 a.m. most mornings and end around 7 p.m. No work is scheduled from noon Friday, April 2 through Monday, April 5 due to Good Friday and Easter weekend.

The duration and schedule of the single-lane closures are subject to change due to weather delays and other factors.

The Sherman Minton Renewal is a major rehabilitation and painting project that will significantly extend the life of the bridge, which opened to traffic in 1962. The double-decker bridge carries six lanes of traffic (I-64 and US 150) over the Ohio River.

The 2,053-foot bridge carries around 90,000 vehicles per day. In addition to normal maintenance and repairs, the bridge was ordered closed on September 9, 2011, after a crack was discovered during a routine inspection. Repairs, which took five months to complete, included replacing 2.4 million pounds of structural steel.

The project includes replacement or refurbishment of all bridge decks, rehabilitation or replacement of structural steel elements and hanger cables, new lighting, drainage repairs and painting of the steel components. The long-term repairs, along with normal preventive maintenance, will add up to 30 years of life to the bridge.

The bridge is named after New Albany, Indiana native Sherman Minton. He was a World War I veteran and a U.S. senator from 1935 to 1941. He then served as a U.S. Supreme Court justice from 1949 to 1956. During his time on the bench, Minton ruled on important civil rights cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. Minton was known as a peacemaker on a divided court, and his legacy is kept alive by a bridge connecting people for more than half a century.

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