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February 17, 2014

Downtown crossing work on Ohio River Bridges Project begins in Indiana

Walsh Construction expects steel work to begin in summer

JEFFERSONVILLE — Officials hailed the beginning of the next phase of construction on the Indiana approach to the downtown crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project on Monday.

Between now and the beginning of summer, Walsh Construction work crews will drive steel H-piles at the north abutment of the downtown crossing and at piers located near the Indiana shore of the Ohio River.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber said the new phase “marks a major point in the project.”

The Indiana approach is made up of five spans, with the total length of this segment of bridge totaling 1,062 feet.

Officials hailed the beginning of the next phase of construction on the Indiana approach to the downtown crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project on Monday.

Between now and the beginning of summer, Walsh Construction work crews will drive steel H-piles at the north abutment of the downtown crossing and at piers located near the Indiana shore of the Ohio River.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Project Manager Andy Barber said the new phase “marks a major point in the project.”

The Indiana approach is made up of five spans, with the total length of this segment of bridge totaling 1,062 feet.

A total of 56 permanent piles will be driven at the north abutment, which is located just north of West Market Street in Jeffersonville. The crews will then drive 60 piles at Pier 10, which is just south of the abutment, and then 48 piles at Pier 9.  

Work on the Indiana approach is on schedule, said Max Rowland with Walsh Construction. He said that inclement winter weather had only cost his work crews six days so far.

“If it’s in the high 20s, low 30s, we work,” Rowland said.

Once the substructure is complete, work crews expect to begin setting beams and pouring decks on the approach spans this summer, Rowland said.

To learn more about the Ohio River Bridges Project, visit newsandtribune.com and click on the “Bridges Project” tab.

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