Sherman Minton Bridge To Undergo $90 Million Refurbishment

posted by Will Clark - 

NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- The Sherman Minton Bridge is getting a massive makeover.

Indiana and Kentucky transportation officials have a $90 million project planned that will replace or rehabilitate the road decks, which date back to the span's opening in 1962, along with steel elements under the deck. The project will also include new lighting and drainage systems and a complete painting of the bridge.

The work on the bridge and the approach spans on both sides of the river will add 30 years to the life span of the bridge.

The funding for the project is split between Indiana and Kentucky and is already in place with officials assuring the Sherman Minton will not become a toll bridge.

Project planners say there is a possibility the bridge could be completely closed for a time or it could be done with lane closures. There will be public meetings in New Albany and Louisville to gauge public feedback on that part of the plan.

The work is expected to start in 2021 and last two to three years.

For more information on the project and the public meetings, click here.

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