A vital link between Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN
The 2,053-foot-long Sherman Minton Bridge, which carries I-64 and US 150 traffic over the Ohio River between Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN is a vital link in the interstate highway system. It was the first U.S. interstate bridge built in the Louisville area. Construction began in 1959 and it opened in August 1962 – a year before the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge that now carries southbound I-65 traffic between Jeffersonville, IN and Louisville, KY.
The bridge also features an iconic design, with its double decks and twin arches. There are only a few double-decked interstate bridges in America. Others include the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati and the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan.
Opened to traffic in 1962
Carries 6 lanes of traffic
Each span is 800 feet long
Used by 90,000 drivers a day
Previous Bridge Repairs
Throughout its life, the Sherman Minton Bridge has had ongoing repair and maintenance work. This work includes:
1980 – Deck overlay and joint replacement
1984 – Repair for portion of structural steel members
1997 – The deck was overlaid and the bridge was retrofitted to meet more stringent seismic standards
2011 – After a crack was discovered during a routine inspection, the bridge was closed for five months for emergency repairs that included 2.4 million pounds of structural steel
2017 – Repairs of steel deck support members (stringers)
2018 – In June, two lanes of the bridge were closed so that the Indiana Department of Transportation could repair a hole in the lower bridge deck
2018 – Deck patching in September and October
As with all state-owned bridges, the Sherman Minton undergoes an extensive inspection at least every two years, including hands-on inspection of structural members.
A Legendary Namesake
The bridge is named after southern Indiana native Sherman Minton. Minton was a World War I veteran and a U.S. senator from 1935 to 1941. He then served as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice from 1949 to 1956. During his time on the bench, Minton ruled on important civil rights cases, including Brown v. Board of Education. He was known as a peacemaker on a divided court, so it is appropriate that his legacy is kept alive by a bridge that has connected people for more than half a century.
During the 2011 emergency closure, then-U.S. Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood joined with Kentucky and Indiana officials to announce a commitment to repairing and reopening the bridge.