Traffic delays expected on bridge linking Indiana, Kentucky

Traffic delays expected on bridge linking Indiana, Kentucky

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Drivers who travel on an Ohio River Bridge could experience traffic headaches starting Monday. Inspections on the Sherman Minton are expected to begin Monday between peak driving hours.

The Indiana Department of Transportation said it's time to make sure the Sherman Minton Bridge, links New Albany with Louisville, is in the best shape possible.

Crews will use an infrared scanning vehicle and shadow truck which will slow the right lane of I-64 on the bridge to 25 miles per hour.

The work zones will be set up during nighttime and midday to reduce the impact on commuters, but there could still be some disruption in cross-river traffic. Drivers need to stay alert, move over and slow down for the inspection crews.

It's been almost six years since the Sherman Minton was abruptly closed for five months after crews discovered a crack. Since then, it passed two of its two-year inspections, so it should not have to be shut down completely for this work.

Crews will identify all that needs to be done before the bridge can be repainted in 2019.

Under the Sherman Minton on New Albany's Main Street, crews will also be doing work.  All of the field work is expected to be completed by June.

INDOT also said the work will not interfere with Thunder, Derby or Memorial Day traffic.

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