Sherman Minton Renewal set for Phase 1 of construction

By Drew Roberts, Building Kentucky

Sherman Minton Renewal project team shares construction details at a media event. (Courtesy Sherman Minton Renewal)

The Sherman Minton Renewal project team recently hosted a preview event for Phase 1 Bridge construction. The first phase of construction is planned to begin in September and last until early to mid-2022. This phase will involve painting, replacement of the lower deck and steel repairs.

Project impact

The Sherman Minton Renewal will make necessary repairs that add up to 30 years of life to the Sherman Minton Bridge. Input from community leaders, elected officials and business owners helped guide the Project Team to a low-impact traffic alternative for the major rehabilitation project, the first major overhaul in the Bridge’s 59-year old life.

“Infrastructure must be repaired or replaced when it exceeds its useful life. Maintaining critical bridges like the Sherman Minton isn’t something that we consider nice to do. It’s something that we must do.”

Royce Meredeth, KYTC Project Manager

With over 70,000 vehicles crossing every day, it’s important for this important community asset to be maintained.

Traffic details

During Phase 1, one lane will be closed in each direction to create a work zone for the necessary repairs to occur. One eastbound lane will be moved to the upper deck and one eastbound lane will remain on the lower deck.

Temporary crossovers will be constructed in both Indiana and Kentucky to allow one lane of eastbound traffic to move up to the upper deck.

A temporary barrier wall will be used on the upper deck to separate directions of flow and on the lower deck to protect the work zone.

The suggested alternate route is I-65 and I-265. This route will help drivers navigate the construction zone. More information on Phase 1 bridge construction, crossovers and the alternate route can be found on the Phase 1 section of the project website.

A 45 mph speed limit will be enforced. Drivers should expect some congestion, particularly during morning and afternoon commutes. Please plan accordingly by leaving earlier or taking the suggested alternate route to reach your destination. 

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