Louisville and Southern Indiana residents recently had the opportunity to provide input on the Sherman Minton Renewal project during open houses held the week of July 22-26.
During the open houses, the Project Team presented options for traffic management during construction, answered questions about the project and gathered feedback from the public.
The Project Team is charged with identifying the best approach to construction. Lane restrictions would allow for maintaining some traffic across the bridge during construction, but would create traffic delays, extend the project timeline and increase costs. A full closure of the bridge would provide full access for construction and reduce the timeline and costs, but would force vehicles onto another route. A combination of maintenance of traffic options is likely to be used.
Construction is expected to begin in early 2021 and take two to three years to complete, depending on the final scope of the work and the approach to construction and restrictions/closures.
Kentucky and Indiana will share in the cost of the work. The $90+ million project is fully funded through federal and state highway funds. There are no plans to toll the Sherman Minton Bridge.
For more information about the project and the public meetings, view the media coverage of the open houses.
The Sherman Minton Renewal Project is a $90+ million bridge rehabilitation and painting project that will significantly extend the service life of the 57-year-old bridge. The double-decked bridge carries six lanes of traffic (I-64 and US 150) over the Ohio River connecting Louisville, KY and New Albany, IN. Find more information at www.shermanmintonrenewal.com.