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October 8, 2013

Bridge maintenance to periodically close lanes of I-64

Work on Sherman Minton to finish before Thanksgiving

NEW ALBANY — Starting Monday, Oct. 14, lanes will be closed periodically on the Interstate 64 Sherman Minton Bridge.

Lane closures will take place periodically for bridge maintenance and inspections.

All lanes will be opened when traffic is the heaviest, according to an Indiana Department of Transportation news release.

All eastbound lanes will be reopened by 7 a.m. each weekday for the morning rush into Louisville. All westbound lanes will be reopened between 4 and 8 p.m. for the Friday evening rush.

To minimize inconvenience to the motoring public, the regularly scheduled bridge inspection will immediately follow the bridge maintenance work. The inspections must occur during daylight hours, while maintenance work can take place at all hours. Maintenance contractors may close up to two lanes at night, allowing access to the center lane in each direction.

The scope of the bridge maintenance work includes asphalt joint replacement, stringer repairs (longitudinal beams that run parallel to traffic), limited fastener replacement, bridge drainage systemrepairs and slopewall repairs.

Indiana and Kentucky are splitting cost for Sherman Minton Bridge maintenance over the Ohio River, and Indiana is responsible for the approach spans over the Indiana shoreline.

INDOT estimates that the maintenance and inspections will be completed before the Thanksgiving travel holiday.

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