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Sun September 11, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

Kentucky Assists in Bridge Evaluation

The state of Indiana has temporarily closed the Sherman Minton bridge after their bridge inspection engineers discovered a crack in a load-bearing element during routine inspection and maintenance.  “Because the safety of the thousands of people who use the I-64 bridge is of utmost concern, Gov. Daniels notified me of his decision to temporarily shut down the Sherman Minton until the structure can be inspected more fully,” Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release Friday afternoon.

“I have directed the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to send a team of our state’s bridge inspectors, engineers, and consultants to help evaluate the situation as quickly as possible and assist the State of Indiana and the Federal Highway Administration. These evaluations will begin immediately and will be coordinated with the Indiana Department of Transportation. Our highest priority is confidence that the public’s safety is assured.”

While the bridge is an interstate structure, a long-standing agreement gives the state of Indiana responsibility for inspecting and maintaining it.