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Steel plate delivery keeps I-64 bridge repairs timely

The bridge that carried about 80,000 vehicles daily now is due to reopen in March but Hall Contracting has been offered public and private incentives to complete the repairs sooner.

The Associated Press

12/21/2011

NEW ALBANY, Ind. — The first delivery of structural steel plates needed to repair the Sherman Minton Bridge over the Ohio River has arrived and another is scheduled for later this week.

The Indiana Department of Transportation says the first shipment arrived Monday night. It says no abnormal weather or other issues have affected the repair schedule so far.

INDOT says Hall will “ramp up installation” of the steel plates as more deliveries arrive.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels ordered the bridge carrying Interstate 64 traffic between New Albany and Louisville, Ky., closed in September after inspectors discovered a crack in a steel support beam. The bridge that carried about 80,000 vehicles daily now is due to reopen in March but Hall Contracting has been offered public and private incentives to complete the repairs sooner.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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